Yes, I had come to terms with that one. I have changed vets but that was not the reason. I have gone to another one that has 3 cavs himself but he knew nothing of sm and he's the one who watched my video etc. and got me referral for mri etc. I took Bentley and Winston into him yesterday and we also discussed Abbey of course. I did say to him that I hope some good comes of this and that you spread the word about this and he said to me he was meeting with a vet friend last night and he was going to talk to him about it. So once a dog is seen over here and diagnosed I'm sure it spreads. You are definitely right about not that many of cavs over here. I'm not in that big of a city and very unusual to see one. The only place I've seen them is in a pet shop and only on like 2 or 3 occasions. Over here alot of the reason I think they aren't so popular is that they are VERY expensive. I don't know what the price of them over in Europe is --maybe cheaper. That makes me feel better about 18 months before they are diagnosed. Abbey I'm sure would have been much sooner but the allergy meds she was on masked the symptoms but eventually as I put it "the meds weren't cutting it anymore" and the symptoms started getting worse. Remember I found this board after we got Bentley and one day started reading about sm just out of curiosity and the more I read on here the more I couldn't stop. I'm sure eventually Abbey's symptoms would have gotten worse and worse but she would have been still on the allergy meds. It may have gone as far as her falling over etc. I am very very grateful for finding this board and I say Bentley was my gift from God and he saved my Abbey.
Linda, Georgia, USA
Winston--shih tzu-male, Darby female tri, Bentley male blenheim and Chelsea, black-tan
Abbey my beloved tri who is so embedded in my heart--RIP Sweet Princess