Surgery for dogs with only the malformation, no syrinxes
I know several dogs have had surgery for confirmed SM but am not familiar with whether surgery is performed for dogs who only have the malformation. Spencer had another MRI yesterday and like the scan he had last year, it shows a moderate-severe cerebral herniation but no syrnizes. While he's definitely uncomfortable and scratches, rubs his head, licks his paws and scoots, he's fortunately never exhibited any outwardly visible signs of pain, such as yelping or screaming. He's on 200mg of gabapentin three times a day, which has greatly controlled the symptoms. I've haven't spoken to our neurologist yet but he seems to be very pro-surgery, though he was pretty sure Spencer would have syrnixes at this time. Thought I'd check in here to see if anyone has experience with having decompression surgery for CM only.
Spencer and his mom, Whitney