...Neck scratching could be a symptom of PSOM. I didn't realize that India was in discomfort until after she recovered from the surgery. Her posture and activity level tell me she feels great!
One of the things that delayed India's entry into the study was a food allergy (that I didn't know about) that was causing yeast in her ears. I didn't realize until Dr. Cole at OSU pointed it out to me. I had to... get the yeast completely cleaned up so that India could enter the study - she was on antifungal pills for a month, along with ear drops... It seems India is better off not eating any chicken or grains. So that was quite an education.
Another thing I liked about the study, is the neurological exam and cardio auscultation that was included. It was good to learn that India is otherwise healthy without paying for several appointments with specialists.
Geordie was in the study in Jan. 2008 and they actually found a syrinx in his CT scan, saving me the cost of an MRI. They also found mild hydrocephalus. But the neurological exam came up with very good findings, she said he had the best neuro exam she had seen in the study. He was completely normal, no deficits. One other thing they found was his heart murmur had progressed to grade 3. That's a lot of information for a very small price, plus he got the PSOM surgery for free and it alleviated his PSOM symptoms.
I felt my dogs were well treated, and the doctors and students are very kind. Definitely worthwhile, and it was a win-win for us and for the vet school!