I may have given Pat some wrong information and have e-mailed her in regards to the paper that we were given. It might not be the one that she was talking about. Just wanted to clarify that. Also, she is correct. The doctor is Dr. Shores and NOT Dr. Axlund. Dr. Axlund was at Auburn a few years ago and did do a study. He must be a great guy as the receptionist said she still missed him. In regards to the titanium mesh Dr. Shores calls it a fat graft I believe. We recorded the consultation with him and I have listened to it now 3 times and just did again. We're going to try to get this tape duplicated and get to Pat as I feel it will help others.
Pat is right about Abbey. Her history is as follows.
A seizure as a puppy--two weeks after we got her in fact.
The scratching, licking paws, etc. has been going on maybe at least 2 years. She has been diagnosed as "allergies". I have tried every food on the market--tried making food--I have tried every shampoo on the market--I have witheld cookies because they might have something that wasn't in the dog food to rule out allergies to the food. The list goes on and on. I never had heard of sm until after we got Bentley and we got Bentley in November and one day went on the net and ran into this site and a few weeks after getting on the site saw something about sm and out of curiosity started to read and couldn't stop and I knew from day 1 on here after reading the sm that she had it. Then I was advised to get insurance which we did. I waited till the 2 week period was over and a little longer and got it in. We feel we're on a time bomb here so thank you Pat for clarifying that. I probably leave out bits and pieces. I soooooooo appreciate the people that are leaving messages both onsite and in pm and e-mails that are supporting us. It helps me as there is a WHOLE lot more negative than positive. Everybody has their own opinion and I would never ever be so selfish to put Abbey through something just to keep her on this earth for me. That would be downright cruel. All we are doing is trying to give her a chance that she sooooooooooooooo deserves. As I type that I'm bawling like a baby. I pray to dear god that this works but if it doesn't at least we tried and I don't regret one day with Abbey because almost 5 years ago I called the person who we got her from after her first seizure and she would have taken her back but in my heart I know they would have killed her. She came from Slovakia (yep Europe and then to the states) and we were stupid I know--website of cavpups.com another no no but at the time we thought we were doing right. Again, this dog has given us so much joy in her 5 years and if we lose her then thats God's intention.
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