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    I am back at the vets with Harley (if I get an appointment tomorrow) about his ears.

    As some of you know Harley was diagnosed with mild SM about 2 month ago this was because of lameness he had for about 1 month that suddenly disappeared not because of scratching.

    I am frustrated as even after all the visits to vets and Clare Rusbridge I donít really have an answer about his ear scratching. It started when he was about 4-5 month old. The first two times he got ear drops and they helped, thatís why I never thought of SM. Back then it seems to happen every 6 month now itís about every 3 month. Last year he had his ear flushed and he also had a ruptured eardrum. Around the time he had his MRI in August he was scratching again but wouldnít let the vet look into his ears so I ask if he could look when he was under anaesthetic, and they found that his ear drum was ruptured again. After antibiotics it cleared and no scratching His MRi showed that he has not got PSOM. Now 3 month on he is scratching again. Clare suggested trying him on Lyrica for a month and if it stops the scratching it must be the SM. I am not too sure as it normally stops after he had antibiotics and then recurs after a few months. I got so many questions nobody can give me a proper answer too. He also had ear swabs done and they were ok. Would he scratch with SM only every few month?

    I know SM is not straight forward but I am starting to tare my own hair out.

    Any thoughts are very welcome.
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    Mine almost never scratches with the sm.. But when she does its at the ears and comes and goes. She does have PSOM. i think its confusing!!!


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    Sorry poor Harley is going through this again. I have no advice, just wanted to send good thoughts your way.
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    Hi Sabby

    Poor you and Harley pls let us know what happens.
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    Mine are not lucky enough to have good months but they do have good and bad weeks. All are on medication. Either Lyrica or Gabapentin plus either Cimetidine or Omeprazole and I have Rimadyl on hand in case of a flare up. There are some weeks everyone gets by with no sighs what so ever and they are great on the minimal dosages of medication. Then there are other weeks they are just miserable even if I'm increasing dosages & use Rimadyl. Given the severity of there conditions I can't go medication free but it is very clear some days or even weeks are considerably better then others.

    If I was you I would consider using Lyrica or Gabapentin for 3 months to see if he has any scratching episodes. If they are reduced or stopped maybe continue for a few more months to see.

    I'm sure any medication could have side effects but mine have had no noticeable side effects from it. I know some dogs get sleepy with it but mine are still bouncing off the walls. Especially Blitz & Flash. They get the highest dosage.

    Mine have sever flare ups right around a cold front or storm. Do you notice the more sever months are accompanied by weather changes?

    Hope you get it all figured out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reptigirl View Post
    Mine are not lucky enough to have good months but they do have good and bad weeks. All are on medication. Either Lyrica or Gabapentin plus either Cimetidine or Omeprazole and I have Rimadyl on hand in case of a flare up. There are some weeks everyone gets by with no sighs what so ever and they are great on the minimal dosages of medication. Then there are other weeks they are just miserable even if I'm increasing dosages & use Rimadyl. Given the severity of there conditions I can't go medication free but it is very clear some days or even weeks are considerably better then others.

    If I was you I would consider using Lyrica or Gabapentin for 3 months to see if he has any scratching episodes. If they are reduced or stopped maybe continue for a few more months to see.

    I'm sure any medication could have side effects but mine have had no noticeable side effects from it. I know some dogs get sleepy with it but mine are still bouncing off the walls. Especially Blitz & Flash. They get the highest dosage.

    Mine have sever flare ups right around a cold front or storm. Do you notice the more sever months are accompanied by weather changes?

    Hope you get it all figured out!
    Thanks for your advice.
    No I donít think the weather has anything to do with it. It could be July or December when he starts scratching. His favourite time is first thing when he wakes up he wants to come under the blanket with me cuddle up and then starts the scratching. Itís a funny scratching as well, not scratch, scratch, scratch itís a real slow motion scratch where he even leaves his paw on his ear sometime. I will put him on Lyrica as this is the only thing I got left to try really. A while back the vet gave me Gabapentin to try (when he was still lame) and I think his reaction scared me more than it did Harley. He was so scared I think he probably felt really drowsy it scared him his eyes nearly popped out of his sockets. He just came and wanted to cuddle up to me. Hope Lyrica doesnít have the same effect on him.
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    Wish I could be of help but Riley never scratches with her SM and the only med she's on is prednisone. I can't believe that Harley has had two ruptured eardrums though. How did that happen? That must have been so painful for him. I hope you get in to see the vet. Maybe periodic dosages of Lyrica is the answer. Good luck.
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    How long did the drowsiness with gabapentin last? It usually wears off after a couple of weeks. (I'm at the drowsy stage - Oliver is long past that stage and active as always!) That sort of 'meditative' scratching - as if they forget halfway through why they started scratching! - doesn't sound very typical of SM, more an ear thing.

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    How do they know it's not psom. Doesn't the ruptured eardrum indicate that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lishmak View Post
    How do they know it's not psom. Doesn't the ruptured eardrum indicate that?
    When Harley had his MRI Scan they checked for PSOM. I think they scan at a cetain angle. I know what you meant with the raptured eardrum thats why I always thought it is PSOM. When the eardrum raptured the scratching stoped. One expert says there is PSOM the other says there isn't. What do I do?
    Sabby
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