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    After all your great advice about finding a new vet i asked every doggie person i know locally which vet they use, then rang these vets for a chat. the one i chose seemed to know the most about SM i.e he said put her on a harness straight away.Also he says he is a friend of DR Clare Rushbridge & has been to seminars etc most importantly to me, at least, was when i asked him if he thought she could be in pain, he said- without a doubt, its extremely painful for the dogs. we got fitted in to see him this morning by which time the old vet had forwarded our records. he spoke to the point after listening to her list of symptoms & my saying i need to help her asap.He said she needs a neurologist& mri.
    He checked on my flea regime, checked her ears then her heart which he says is good(hurrah!)& that he wouldnt expect that in a 5yr old cavalier. we left with him saying he would arrange the referral & be in touch in next few days. Well within 15mins a lady rung me from a clinic & we've got an appointment booked for tues, im thrilled its so quick.
    In my surprise at the speed i forgot to ask where this place is(duh!) but she's sending details anyway. the vet did offer wimbledon i think it was but as i dont drive i had to ask for the nearest place for my friends benefit. so where ever we are going we've to be there at 9am tues. my friends have already booked this day off work for us,i managed to rearrange my work ok too.
    Sooo..i need to know if there are any questions in particular i need to be asking on tues? anything you would advise me to take with us & for the journey, ive done a list of the obvious things like water& her blankie that i hope to leave with her for when she wakes up but what else please
    many thanks in advance for any help
    Gx

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    tupup

    I would pm Margaret C if I were you and listen to what she has to say about what to ask etc she is a mine of information and lovely as well and am sure she will not mind.

    Will be thinking of you next Tuesday.

    Nanette
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    hi

    best wishes next week
    Brian M

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    thinking of you. I'll see if I still have my list of questions or I'll come up with some that I asked. I know you will get lots of response on this.
    Linda, Georgia, USA
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    Abbey my beloved tri who is so embedded in my heart--RIP Sweet Princess

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    Sorry if I am creating work here for someone, but would it be possible for a list of typical questions to be posted up, which would be very helpful for whenever one of us has to see a neurologist?
    I am sure we all have the same basic questions, but there must be other questions that I probably haven't even thought of yet, or wouldn't know to ask and knowing me, won't think of until after the visit is over
    It would probably save time in the long run too.

    Thanks, Charli

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    Charli:

    I'm sorry I haven't responded and today I finally looked for my sheet on questions and unfortunately I think its a goner. I did find my list of questions though in regard to having the surgery--another words before her surgery. My first advice is don't go alone. Take somebody with you. I knew Abbey had it in my heart but its still a blow and it helps to have another set of ears etc. Hopefully maybe the mri will be negative and you can take whoever is with you out for a drink and celebration.

    Of course you will be told the severity of it etc.

    What are my options?
    What do you recommend? Why do you recommend this treatment?
    Size and location of syrinx--neurologist would go over that for sure so not really a question
    One thing we asked because we had really opted for surgery because of her severity and age and we knew she had it in our hearts and took some time to get in for her mri and almost knew what we would do in regards to surgery depending on what he said.
    Abbey had scoliosis and head tilt and in regards to surgery we asked "do you think we caught this in time"--meaning neurological damage etc.

    This is a start for you and I'm sure the above is already on your list--I just didn't want you to be left hanging. I still be thinking before your appt.

    Hugs.
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    Oh and another thing we did is take a tape recorder and recorded what he said so we could listen to it later. I never even asked him but he saw it etc. and didn't say anything. I should have asked though. Just an idea if you have one.
    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

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    Research your medications and ask for them - we had to fight for omeprazole - our neurologist recommended lasex and I did not want a 4 year old on a diarretic for life!!!

    If you understand the treatments and medications and what you think is best for your dog you can ask for what you want. If your neurologist disagrees ask why not and listen. They may be right or they may be shoving you on a drug with terrible long term effects. Tell them, if that is how you feel, that you do not want x medications and list your reasons. Ask for alternatives and be prepared to suggest them yourself. At the end of the day, your neurologist is the expert but it is your dog. They think about treating SM but you need to think of your dog's health for life.

    If you are considering surgery ask the doctor's opinion about that as well.
    Make sure they are able to be flexible, It has taken us almost 5 months to find a medication combo that makes Ilsa feel well. We've changed medications and dosages several times and also changed neurologists to one who actually listened to me. Both the doctor and I had to compromise - for example, I wanted her off cortisone and lasix at this age and I eventually had to agree to a small dosage but it does work.

    We have been through 6 months of hell and I feel we are finally coming out of it, but as we have mostly decided to have the surgery in the fall, I am afraid that the nightmare will return.

    I'd also like to thank Linda for so generously sharing her journey with SM surgery - it has helped me so much in understanding how difficult it is - as I expected - and also showing how quickly that passes and the happy ending. It has given me so much hope!

    If you have any questions or need to talk please PM or e-mail me (if you e-mail put CT so I don't delete) - I know how difficult this is!

    Jen and Ilsa
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    Hi,
    Just something else to think about. When Leo was MRI's several weeks ago they removed his micro chip!! They called me when he was under the anesthetic to ask permission to do this! I thought they would naturally assume he had a chip but they didnt.

    You might want to mention it if Ruby is chipped.

    Good luck

    Mel

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    Best of luck on Tuesday Tupup,let us know how you got on.
    I'm waiting for an appointment for my two, so thank you Linda, Jen and Mel for the words of wisdom, especially about bringing a friend and also about the micro chips, both practical pieces of advice that I probably wouldn't have even thought of.
    I have read so much here about SM, I feel I know lots, but I think I know more about the symptoms than the actual treatment, so I will have a good search around to get an understanding of whats what, better to be informed and armed from the start.
    Charli.

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