My name is Bernie and I'm new to the board. I currently own a female blenheim cavi named Ginger and rescued a tri-color male named Charley. He's been with us since April. When we rescued him the only information that we received from the rescue is that he came from a puppymill and spent much of his time in a wire cage. When we got him he had a little hunch to his back, and wasn't very coordinated. For example, he had a hard time going up and down steps, climbing the sofa.......etc. The vet said that it could be due to underdevelopment from being caged all the time.
For the last month i've noticed that when I walk him he stops and scratches the right side of his body but seems to scratch the air not his actual body. He does it on the right side only. I have also noticed that he has a tendency to hop as well. He does all this while on the lead. I've never noticed it at home. So I ran a google search and came up with syringomyelia. Now he doesn't do this during all his walks. For example, yesterday he didn't do it at all. I've been keeping a journal and monitoring him. When I touch him (his neck, back) he doesn't seem to be in any kind of pain, and doesn't scream as if he was.
I'm sorry for the long post, but I guess my question is how does one really now if their dog has it without going through an MRI? Assuming that he does, is there a supplement that I can give him or is there something I can do now to help him in the future? I don't want to jump the gun but am a little worried being that SM does affect the breed. Any information would be greatlyt appreciated!