I'm new to the forum. My cavalier, Ben, was diagnosed with SM about three weeks ago. We went to a neurologist after our regular veterinarian felt overwhelmed with his symptoms which have gotten worse over the last few months. Ben has full facial paralysis on the right side, partial on the left, he has a head tilt to the left and when he walks he angles himself to the left. He tries to scratch and rub his neck area frequently especially at night. He doesn't sleep much anymore. He just lies there with his eyes open. He stares into corners, cant eat without his bowl raised off the floor, and has been whining all the time.
Ben is on or has tried all the pain medications recommended for SM. We tried putting him on lasix but he was to sensitive to it. We're trying pred now. I just don't know what to do anymore. I'm a veterinary technician and I see people every day letting their pets suffer because they don't want to let go. SM is so difficult to deal with...I don't know how much suffering/pain is to much.
I'm so happy to have found other people dealing with SM in their cavaliers. I was hoping someone might have some advise for me.