I have been doing alot of research about the surgery on KCC after MRI results. But, I've been doing even more now on human SM and Chiari Malformation. When reading about the human illness surgery is not the most recommended form of treatment. Humans seem to control symptoms with the same meds we have our cavs on. There are also some good information about holistic methods of treating pain.
My question is, and hopefully Clare Rusbridge will read this, why are so many Cavaliers being subjected, recommended etc for the surgery and not humans? Are our dogs being used as case studies for possible methods to help humans. While that is commendable it is also not to my liking.
My dog underwent a very expensive cranioplasty surgery, the most modern available, and he was part of a grant study. Now, looking at what they have to say regarding the success in humans of surgery I'm starting to question if our beloved animals are not being used as sort of guinia pigs....I know that this will really start a mass hysteria among cavalier owners whose dogs are suffering from SM but.....on the other hand could it be that because our beloved breed is affected in such a high degree, that doing surgery and follow-up is needed for human research.
I like the thought that Ollie's death might have some good come out of it but I also wonder if just treating him, as most humans are treated, with meds only, might just be the best method.
Please, someone with medical vet experience answer my question. I will continue to do all I can to get low cost screening for breeders to try and cut down the incidence or maybe, if we are at all lucky, eliminate it from certain lines through good genetic breeding, are we putting our beloved pets through surgery to further the good of mankind??????
I am begging for an answer from someone who is a vet or experienced in the field of canine neurosurgery.