You're right--none of us can tell you whether your baby has sm or not but we can support you. My Abbey has sm and recently had surgery. We always thought she was a "woos". Long ago when she was small when we would pick her up she would "squeak". A trainer told us that cavaliers were known for that--go figure on that one. Not long ago while describing her symptoms to a breeder I was told she was what some breeders called "soft"--a term that I'd never heard before and haven't heard since. I won't call myself stupid but I should have pursued things a very long time ago--I guess I put too much faith in my vet and figured she knew what was best. I've learned alot from this experience. I think you know your baby best and follow your heart and sounds like your vet is on top of stuff by taking the next step by referring her. In regards to sm symptoms different dogs experience different symptoms and some don't even show they have it--meaning no symptoms.
I just read Karlin's post regarding wimpy and Abbey isn't wimpy. Hard to explain. She loves people and is outgoing but certain things we called her a woos. We even had a trainer at Petsmart tell us that "you have to ask a cavalier's permission before doing something or they will squeak".
Recently at the neurologist we were talking and I made the comment to him that I used to think she was a woos (I used that exact word too) and now I think she has a very high pain threshold and he said back to me "you're right". I really think now that she couldn't play much for a very long time because it hurt her. Thats one thing I'm noticing is how she does want to play with the dogs now. Like I said I had to isolate her tonight because she wanted to.
Last edited by linderbelle; 18th April 2009 at 03:10 AM.
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