Misty has been scratching a lot more since last Friday, ever since it's got colder here. I called one of the Neuro's at Glasgow, and she recommended we start Metacam, as well as her Gabapentin and her Zitac. I still don't feel she's doing any better. I have to call them back tomorrow if I feel she isn't doing better, and the other option they offered last week was to put her back on steroids.
After her MRI Misty started on 100mg of Gabapentin 3 times a day, which didn't reduce the scratching, so she was then started on a short course of steroids. As we reduced the dose she scratched more, so it was put back up, however, the side affects i.e waking up in the middle of the night and howling, scratching at the cupboards drove me crazy. We then asked if there was any other medication we could try her on.
So she's been on Zitac three times a day along with the Gabapentin and it's worked fine, until last Friday. I just don't know what to do, I really don't want her on the steroids, but if it's the only option....
The other thing is her harness seems to be aggravating her symptoms too, she scratches lots whilst walking on it. I couldn't put it on this morning as it was wet(had to wash the cow poo off) so I popped her collar on and walked her the 2 minutes round the corner to the field. She never scratched once while she was on the collar and lead on. I put her back in her harness at lunch time, and she was scratching as usual. I wanted to test out my theory so I put her back on the collar and lead and took her back out. Not a scratch the whole way round. I'm wondering if the harness is pressing on one of her syrinxes?
I feel like I'm back to square one again, she had been doing so well.