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    Nicki, so sorry about Kayleigh's diagnosis. It's so sad that another cavalier has to go through this. I know you've been down this road before, but it probably doesn't make it any easier. Sending hugs to you and Kayleigh.
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    Dear Nicki,

    I am so sorry this has happened. How brave of you to undertake such a journey when you have also been so unwell. What a wonderful owner you are.

    I do hope the gabapentin helps Kayleigh.

    Thinking of you,
    Margaret C

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    The last week has been terrible for so many of our forum members and their Cavaliers.
    Please know Nicki I am thinking of you and little Kayleigh.


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    Default Just no words seem enough right now...

    I am very relieved no syrinx found but very sad she is symptomatic. I just can't believe the past few weeks... it has been a tide of news that none of us want to hear. That she was bred from A parents is also so disappointing for you. Most of all, I want to say that you mean so very much to me personally... and to all of us. Sending you hugs and lickeys from Gracie.

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    This all so hard to hear after being away from the board these last few days.

    I suppose the most distressful part is that she came from A parents. It just makes this whole issue that much more real and scary.

    I know you will always do the best by Kayleigh. You are a wonderful inspiration to so many here. Many prayers for you and Kayleigh.
    Cindy and Claire
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    Default Sorry to hear your news

    It's sounds like you had a horrid day. Did the vet say if Kayleigh had any pre-syrinx or central canal dilation?
    Jack has moderate symptoms and CM with a pre-syrinx so I am sort of in the same situation. I know it is also a disappointment to have it occur from two grade "A" parents. I am so sorry.

    I hope Kayleigh finds some relief from the medication which in turn will allow her mom to get some relief

    Sending you both lots of hugs from across the ocean.
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    Hello Nicki

    What a brave lady you are to undergo such a journey and to encounter a horrible taxi driver like you did .I am truly
    sorry for the bad news with Kayleigh especially with all your hard work to enable his breeding from the best A Cavaliers available
    up by you .So Kayleigh is CM symtomatic a bit like Rosie but she fortunately has no symptoms but with Kayleigh being with
    you that has to be an A ***** as with your knowledge on these subjects a finer carer would not be possible .

    Little did I think you would be posting news like this when Daisy was also having similar and when you posted on the Daisy
    thread re "I am in my thoughts " I never dreamt it would be this news .


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    Oh nicki,

    I am so sorry to read this and what a journey you took not only by her breeding but by the physical journey to have an mri to make sure she has the best health. What heartbreak and I'm thinking of you.

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    Thank you so much everyone - we really appreciate the support and care from everyone here.

    No matter how many times you go through this, it doesn't get any easier - actually perhaps in some ways worse, as you know what to expect It's also embarrassing to admit that you have yet another sick dog - you wonder if people think you mistreat them that they have problems [sadly a nasty breeder who had been a good friend planted this idea in my mind, blaming her poorly bred dog's heart murmur on me for walking Peaches in a harness!! Her litter sister was diagnosed with the same grade murmur a week later though...Peaches also had hip dysplasia and luxating patella - again it was blamed on me. When she was PTS at the age of 7 from MVD and pain from her physical deformities - she had one surgery but the MVD was too bad for further surgeries - I received a card asking what I had done to end her life so early. Needless to say that was the end of the friendship.]

    I know I do my very best for my dogs - we have given up things so that we can have our Cavaliers and to enable them to have the best quality food and veterinary care.

    We are just focusing on Kayleigh though and not on what's happened in the past.

    Symptoms:

    Since the beginning of July she has been turning around to look at her back end and sometimes chewing her thigh, or paws. She has become really unhappy at being groomed or having her nails cut [really distressed and crying when her nails were cut]. She didn't want to play as much nor chew her chewies.

    11th July in the morning she was obviously really uncomfortable, she was trying to get as nuzzled in to me as possible [her way of showing distress], couldn't settle, her tail was right down - she started vocalising a bit. She was started on Gabapentin [100mg] every 12 hours and once that kicked in she was much happier

    On a walk, Kayleigh has always been the most active of the 3 littermates, she loves to run. She has always played really rough with her brother Tommy.

    Over the last few weeks Kayleigh has deteriorated, she is now slower than the other two, not running very much, reluctant to get involved in play. She is very restless from the early hours of the morning until mid morning, I am aware of quite a few affected dogs who are restless overnight or in the early hours of the morning.

    During the day she is sleeping or resting a lot, takes herself off into her bed or crate and lies quietly change in behaviour for her.

    She was put onto Gabapentin 100mg every 8 hours for two weeks, and then trying to reduce it to every 12 hours. I hope to get her onto Zitac as I know that Clare Rusbridge believes that it slows progression.


    She has at least as many symptoms and obviously pain as some of mine who did have syrinxes. I think it is so important to get this message across, that, like humans, they can suffer from "JUST" the malformation.



    Strangely Kayleigh was not supposed to be stopping with us - she was sold three times to different people [who had been screened by telephone before reserving her] and they all let us down - the last one the day before she was due to go [you hear a lot about bad breeders but there are also bad puppy buyers, who book a puppy and then buy an untested puppy because it is cheaper or nearer to collect ] By then we had fallen in love with her, and so she stayed It was obviously meant to be, and I'm so pleased she is here and is going to get the treatment she needs.



    Kate - I really admire you for travelling on public transport - it was such a nightmare journey, not helped that the train was nothing more than a coach on wheels, so there was no space for large luggage etc. Kayleigh was so good, she just lay quietly and most people did not even know she was there! She'd never been on a train or even in a station before - we never expected to have to travel by public transport like this, as both of us normally drive. It shows that we should include all these experiences in puppy socialisation just in case...
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    Awww, so quickly. I'll be praying that she is comfortable and the all the Meds work.
    Cindy and Claire
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