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    I'm sitting here in my hotel with Bentley on my lap. He's very tired after two hours of preliminary testing. He IS able to participate in the PSOM study tomorrow! I'm both happy and sad; happy that he is helping with research and that I may have more answers, and sad that he has to go through all the testing tomorrow.

    The cardiologist did hear a "click" in the left side of his heart so I wasn't happy to hear that. He will need to see a cardiologist in a year. This cardiologist said it may be nothing to worry about but a good idea to have him checked next year to see if anything changes. And, of course, if any symptoms appear I am to get him to a cardiologist at that time.

    The neuro exam found that he has some sensitivity in his lower cervical spine. Dr Cole said they have no idea why this may be, but that most of the Cavaliers she has studied have sensitivity there. Dr Cole explained that between the CAT scan and a skull xray they do that if there is evidence of occipital dysplasia they can usually tell. She said that almost all the Cavaliers she's seen have had evidence of the malformation . That is very disheartening news to say the least.

    Parts of his eardrums on both sides are bulging, which can be a sign of PSOM. His bloodwork was all within normal limits.

    I am so interested to see the results tomorrow! I take him in at 7:30am (YIKES) and will be able to pick him up later in the afternoon... like 4 or 5:00. It's going to be a very long day! Fortunately, there are lots of things to see around here, and the hospital provided me with a wonderful info sheet with directions, etc. I'm planning on seeing a movie in the afternoon...seems like a good way to help the time pass more quickly!

    So, if I might ask, please keep little Bentley in your thoughts tomorrow, that he will handle the anesthesia okay, and make it through the tests smoothly. I love him so much!
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    Will be thinking of you and Darling Bentley tomorrow - it's wonderful that you are able to particiapate in the research, just so sorry that you are going through this...

    Approx 90% of Cavaliers have some degree of malformation - that sounds frightening, but many will never have any symptoms. It is only the more severely affected that will have problems.

    Sorry to hear that Bentley may have the start of a murmur too - if he was slightly stressed with the tests and exams he has had today, that would make a murmur more apparent. It is sensible to have it checked though.

    Please keep us posted, we are sending lots of positive thoughts for Bentley.
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    Hi Barb!

    Will be thinking of you and Bentley tomorrow, I hope that all the tests do give you answers and that you have a way forwards from that. It is, as Nicki has pointed out, not unusual for a dog in a strange/stressful situation to show a murmur, I have had girls certificated clear who when whelping have had to have a bit of help from the vets, these girls have often had a slight murmur at that time only for it to have dissapeared when they are checked over a few days later, so try not to worry about that right now, Bentley may have been picking up on your own stress as well.

    Anyway for the tests tomorrow, I will certainly be thinking of you both!!
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    We're keeping fingers and paws crossed here for you. Best of luck with the results. Hugs to you as you wait. Glad you're keeping busy.
    Molly and Murphy (tri), Katie (ruby), Casey (B/T),Spike the wonder pup (tri), Suzie (tri) and Penny (blen)

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    Barb - will be thinking and praying for you both tomorrow. Glad you have some things to do to keep your mind occupied....movie sounds like a great idea.
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    You and Bentley are in our thoughts. Fingers are crossed that all goes well. Give Bentley and extra hug from us.
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    I will be thinking of you both, let us know how Bentley got on
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    Are thoughts are with u. Let us know how things are.

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    Hope all goes well today for you and Bentley. I am sure it will be a horribly long day...keeping you and Bentley in my thoughts.
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    Thinking of you and hoping all goes very well.
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