I've spent all day trawling through all the SM posts on here! We have been back on the omeprazole for three days, he has has lost that dull look in his eyes and has instigated play behaviour so I can only assume he is feeling better. He has also stopped choking/coughing when he is eating, on Tuesday morning he wouldn't eat at all,I had to feed him from a saucer as he was lay down. He is still dragging both front feet so I am busy cutting up play mats for our path outside.....he did however make an attempt to chase a bird so that made me smile. These dogs have such courage!
His balance however is awful, my brother came to visit earlier and of course Blue got excited and he just couldn't keep upright. I am definitely going to ask for a referral to Chester Gates from my vet. It makes sense that it would be the right place to take Blue to, my vet has been excellent but I would value an experts opinion. In one way his novelty factor might bode well for a speedy appointment!. I tend to look at Blues future as short term but reading all your stories there are some brave little dogs that do well for maybe years on the correct treatment....so that is my new plan of action! It's so hard to sat positive when you see the confusion on your dogs face and the struggle they have, but you have to fight just as hard as them, and be the person they are worthy of.
Just wanted to say that you sound an amazing mum to Blue and I hope Chestergate will sort out the medication for you. I got two Cavaliers with CM/SM and what you said in your last post is so true.
But you have to fight just as hard as them, and be the person they are worthy of.
I hope this works....Blue has been fantastically bright today! On Saturday he was miserable, listless, not eating properly and moved away when I tried to touch him, it was grim, his balance was terrible. Like he had vertigo.
Today he is so much better, thank heavens for omeprazole, the difference is startling. I am hoping this link to a you tube video works...
Watched your video and that was one happy dog - give or take a few backleg wobbles! The gabapentin will have helped as well, as it is a pain preventive and helps to make dogs more confident about moving around when they realise it isn't going to hurt. So glad Blue is responding well to his medication - though no doubt there will be a few hiccups on the way! My Oliver had trouble with his front leg - it was one of his first obvious symptoms of SM (there were a lot more, less obvious, that we all missed!), stumbling and not wanting to put weight on it; this was due to the nerves in the leg not working properly, but after 2 years on gabapentin and frusemide it seems fine and he never stumbles. So things can improve - we just have to keep fighting...
Kate, Oliver and Aled
You may also want to look into adjusting the Gabapentin to 3/day as it typically is out of their system in about 8 hours, though with my girl with SM, it wears off in about 6 hours. Some days she needs 4 Gabapentin, though she does have a severe case of SM.
Good luck to you!
We can get to Chester Gates next week to see the specialist there, so I am asking my vet to refer me today. So he may well tweak the meds. He downtown honestly seem to be in pain now, he doesnt yelp out, he goes very quiet and withdrawn. He was obviously really struggling with his head last week before the omeprazole kicked in, thank God I saw it on here and Clare Rusbridges site!
Sorry to hear about your border and welcome!!!
People are wonderful on this board...
I was wondering about one little thing: you said 100mg's twice a day right? Isn't 100 mg very low for a border who weighs much more than a cavalier? maybe some people on here can answer this for me..
Your talking about the gabapentin? I can increase it to three tablets a day if I want, but to be honest he doesn't seem to be in discomfort. I believe it's 5mg per kg body weight twice a day starting dose, increased to 10 mg per kg if necessary, so that would make it 200mg twice a day. When he has been in pain in the past he just takes himself off and doesn't like you touching him, maybe that's a difference in the breeds as to how they show pain? My vet has referred me now to chester gates, so hopefully a neurologist can tweak things. But at the moment, apart from a few wobbles, he is doing fine. He isn't dragging his feet as badly and is instigating lots of play behaviour. It feels like a miracle!
Hey, I'm glad you got the referral. Do you have any video of Blue with his front legs crumbling so the neurologist can see him at his worst and not his best? They can usually tell anyway by their exam how bad a dog is. Good luck next week. I'll be anxiously waiting to hear what they recommend for your guy.
No! I'm a numpty! I should have videoed him when he was bad, but I got so upset I just didn't want to! Mind you, he has plenty of symptoms still for him to work off. I did take some photos last week as I'm preparing a report for the pastoral breeds health committee, they want to know all the details as no one has come across with a collie with this condition before. We are booked in to see Mr Skerritt next Wednesday at 2.30pm. In a weird way I'm looking forward to it, it will be good to get a neurological explanation for some of his problems
I'll tell you what's interesting, in collie obedience work when they do heel work they are meant to have their head right back, almost at ninety degrees to their body, looking at the handler. My dog training club teacher pointed out over a year ago that Blue was very uncomfortable doing this, he dropped his back end right down to lift his head high, we didn't make him do it as I never intended going into competition, but his neck must have felt stiff even back then. Loads of little things make sense now.