Originally Posted by skylarkuk
Welcome to this very supportive forum. This is the right place for a sympathetic ear. There are a lot of us here with SM dogs.
I should probably introduce myself. I am the person who can best answer some of your queries as I was the health representative who appeared on 'Pedigree Dogs Exposed' and confirmed that Radzinski's owner had shown me the scan that proved he had SM.
I see you left a kind comment about me on the Dogs Today blog, so thank you for that.
No, although Beverley Costello said a lot of contradictory things she never produced the scan.
At various times she denied Radzinski had SM, she denied there had been any scan or certificate issued when he was MRI'd, and on occasions she denied that the scan had ever left her house.
The truth is there are witnesses to her handing round the certificate and scan at dog shows and she talked openly about the result until warned to be quiet by others closely associated with Radzinski's breeding.
Beverley would have become the Kennel Club and the Cavalier Club's star witness if she could have produced evidence to show the film had made allegations that were not true, but she was not able to do so. In fact she failed to answer any of the KC & Cavalier Club letters and eventually she was refused registration rights by the KC & was encouraged to resign from the Cavalier Club.
I am so sorry that Harry is showing SM symptoms. There are other conditions that cause scratching and yelping, but as SM is showing up in so many cavaliers of all lines and all colours, it would be wise to ask for a referral to a neurologist experienced in SM.
SM can often be well controlled by drugs, so please don't despair too much. The important thing is to find the right combination of drugs to keep him more comfortable, and to give you back the dog you should own.
If Harry is insured he could have a diagnostic MRI scan. If not you could still get a diagnosis and advice on medication from someone experienced in treating this painful condition.
You are very welcome to PM me for my phone number if you want to have more information.
If Harry was born in March 2005, then Radzinski was mated to Harry's mother after the MRI scan in February 2005, when an eye witness heard his owner being told that he should never be used for breeding.
Of course Harry's breeder may not have known about his MRI results or that advice but whatever the circumstances, it would help raise awareness of SM if you would write to Harry's breeder ( registered letter is best ) and ask her if she is now scanning her cavaliers & breeding according to the guidelines shown on the Cavalier Club website.
Please stay in touch and let us know how Harry is doing
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