My lovely cavalier pumpkin was diagnosed with syringomelia a few months ago by an MRI scan.
The only symptoms we first noticed was she was struggling getting up down the stairs and she seemed wobbly on her back legs. She then went onto have a seizure, to which my vet did a MRI scan and it was found.
At the time she was taking a low does of prednisolone which she has taken for 6 years due to having a stomach problem. So my vet suggested we higher the dosage on the prednisolone as she needs steroids for her stomach also.
And also to take frusemide twice daily. I noticed a difference within a week with her weakness in her back legs she has has no further seizures and generally in herself she seemed brighter and more lively. However her appetite massively increased and so did her weight she now weighs 12 kg. So tried cutting her food and treats back and more exercise however so far she hasn't managed to lose any. Also i found she was drinking tons of water and needing to go to the toilet alot more.
On my last visit to the vets 3 weeks ago my vet was concerned at the rate she is putting on weight and the excessive drinking. So she said to try a different steroid medrone and was wondering if anyone who has a cavy with SM has used this?. My little one now just doesn't seem her old self, so far she hasn't experienced any wobbly legs but in her self she seems very very tired and just generally she doesn't seem right.
I have also noticed she also get very hot ears could this or is this a symptom of syringomelia?
As i do notice she gets this alot and when she seems unwell but i haven't come across this being a symptom.