22nd August 2006, 12:08 AM
Hello everyone! This site is fantastic. I have learned so much in the short time I have visited. A little background - our family recently got our beloved Lilly-Belle back in April. She is a three-year-old Blenheim and we all love her very much. She is extremely affectionate and very gentle but we have begun noticing some odd behaviors and, after reading SM symptoms from this site, I am beginning to suspect she has the disorder. These are her symptoms: a dramatic loss of overall hair starting in June. With that said, I have never owned a Cavalier so I still am not sure it wasn't just normal shedding. She never developed any bald spots but I was having to sweep everyday and would collect handfuls of hair. It is better now after changing her diet and giving her vitamin E supplements. She has always been a bottom scooter but didn't really think anything about that. The two biggest symptoms are that she air scratches and has had an episode of yelping when being picked up, changing positions, or often without cause. We took her to the vet who gave her a muscle relaxer/anti-inflammatory shot and that seems to have resolved the yelping for now. He thought perhaps she had pulled a muscle but did notice some irregularity with her spine. We didn't know anything about SM so we didn't think about asking the vet. I am wondering if her yelping symptoms will recur at a later time. Her air scratching isn't often but the yelping came on without warning and without any witnessed injury. Input from anyone would be helpful for our family.