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    Default Kayleigh - MRI scan

    The reason I was away last week was that I took Kayleigh down to Glasgow University Small Animal Hospital for an MRI scan - she has been symptomatic for a couple of months, and the symptoms were progressing fairly quickly. It was very difficult to arrange as I am not able to drive very far at the moment, so had to go by public transport, and rely on various friends for lifts etc. We left here at 7.30am on Monday and arrived at my friends' house in Ayrshire 8 hours later - following one car journey, two separate trains, a taxi and a short walk. The taxi driver did not want to carry Kayleigh even with her being in a travel crate Coming back was even more of a nightmare as there was vandalism on the train lines which meant the local trains were delayed and we thought we would not get to Glasgow on time to catch the train to Inverness . Fortunately my friend was coming as far as Glasgow with me and knew the area well enough to arrange a taxi to go to another station with more frequent trains to Glasgow - we managed with about 5 minutes to spare. If I'd missed that one, the next train back home involved a change -which would have been very difficult with luggage and Kayleigh.

    The MRI scan results were better than perhaps we expected - surprisingly no syrinxes were found, but Clare Rusbridge et al recently published results showing that 25% of cavaliers with SM symptoms have CM only, so it appears that Kayleigh fits in with that study.

    This is my first MRI scanned symptomatic dog to show symptoms from the malformation only, so we are on a new learning curve here, as I don't know what to expect in terms of prognosis etc. In the dogs presenting with clinical symptoms, Glasgow have only seen syrinxes - they have recently started a low cost MRI scheme for breeding and are obviously seeing the malformation on most of those, but the dogs are not symptomatic.


    Kayleigh will be managed medically - I had one severely affected dog undergo decompression surgery and following that experience [we had 10 months with him post op], I would not put another dog through surgery at the current time - JMHO, and for many reasons.


    As many of you know, we bred Kayleigh ourselves, both parents are MRI grade A, one at 2 1/2 and one at 3 1/2 - there are quite a few MRI A dogs around her and behind her too.

    The studies show SM affected offspring may occur when SM unaffected dogs are used [15.4% from A x A parent crosses - parents under 5 years of age] from Interim Breeding Guidelines -- 4 Year Report. SP Knowler, AK McFadyen, C Rusbridge. Abstract at 23d ECVN symposium, Sept. 2010.

    There is an element of guilt that I am responsible for bringing this wee dog into the world and she now faces living with chronic pain and some curtailment of her favourite activities she lives to run, is a very active Cavalier, but now can't keep up with her litter mates and if she does do any running, she is very sore afterwards.


    Kayleigh is on room rest for a month - no running, no jumping, short lead walks and potty breaks; she will be reviewed after this time to see if the Gabapentin is helping her.

    She also has a slight prolapsed disc but this is not thought to be causing her any problems - obviously the spine in a dog is in a horizontal rather than the vertical position of a human, so does not have to support the weight of the head etc.



    We will just take each day as it comes, treasure time with our precious girl and do everything we can to keep her comfortable and happy.



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    Words fail me Nicki, such sad news today for two of our beautiful cavaliers on the forum, Kayleigh and Daisy.
    I love the photos of Kayleigh. Thinking of you and your family.
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    I'm so sorry to hear this My thoughts going out to you and to Kayleigh. I hope the meds they give will help

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    Hi Nicki,
    I can imagine it's still a shock to the system,even though you've been through this so many times now.
    It's so disappointing that the CM is causing her such trouble.
    Let's just hope the Gabapentin does a good job with pain management.
    Did you get any feedback about central canal dilation or dilated ventricles?
    I believe that even in the absence of such factors,that CM alone can still lead to pain.
    You must be exhausted after the travelling and the whole experience.Look after yourself too!

    Sins

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    Oh Nicki that just makes my heart ache! I'm glad there is no SM at the moment but it is so bitter sweet. What are breeders of Cavaliers supposed to do when even A X A matings can produce offspring that suffer. I hope gabapentin can give her the relief she needs so that she can return to a active lifestyle!
    Flash Blitz Holly

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    Default What medicine is she on?

    My dog, Bee has CM and PSOM without SM. He has symptom like ear scratching but not a lot. I was just wonder what kind of medicine you are giving her.

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    Nicki, sorry to hear about Kayleigh.from me , Elise and our wee Kaleyxx
    Carol

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    So sorry to hear Kayleigh's diagnosis. The researchers do now seem to be taking CM more seriously as a source of pain - which is why of course A + A can still produce symptomatic dogs - the parents may not have syrinxes themselves but almost all of them will have CM and can pass that onto their puppies, which may or may not lead later to SM. Oliver has a small syrinx which seems to cause him no problems, so essentially he is a dog suffering from CM, like your Kayleigh. The gabapentin has really helped, though I think the time is approaching when we may have to up the dosage - at the moment (4 years after diagnosis) he's still on the basic 3 x 100g. But on the whole his headaches are under control and almost no one (except real cm/sm experts) would guess that he is anything but a fit and happy 10-year-old. So I hope Kayleigh can be helped to be the same.

    Kate, Oliver and Aled

    PS Your travelling sounds like some of our jaunts - coming back from camping in Norfolk in June with a trolley full of camping stuff and 2 Cavaliers on the hottest day of the year (26 degrees) on 2 buses, 3 trains and a taxi was one of our worst, I think! Really makes you feel your age, doesn't it?!
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    Nicki

    Can't believe your news, its so sad. You're very brave to share this news with the forum. I can't believe the news today, first Daisy and now Kayleigh.
    Big hug for you Nicki

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    Nicki, I am so sorry, poor little Kayleigh.

    Her diagnosis is very similar to Dougall. We have had more problems with our cm dog than Molly who is an sm dog. Like Kayleigh, he would become very sore and sometimes would just lie on the floor. If you tried to move him, he would cry.

    It was suggested surgery would be a good option as he is a young strong dog. I personally don't want to consider this option.

    Dougall loves the beach but if we spend too long there it causes him a great deal of pain after. Following at least a year of trying all sorts of things including acupuncture, we finally seem to have his symptoms under control. He is on the same medication as Molly, eg. Gabapentin, Zitac, Trocoxil. He has a gentle massage once every fortnight that releases the tightness in his muscles caused by sensory problems because part of his brain (Dorsal Horn) is damaged by the malformation.

    Lots of hugs to Kayleigh, I hope she will be running happily and pain free with her litter mates soon.
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