22nd January 2012, 10:48 PM
Barkleigh's Visits to the University of Florida
Think this is the right place to discuss the amazing U. of Florida vet school, where they have a special love and understanding of Cavs. Barkleigh first scared us by becoming suddenly deaf just before Christmas. We were the dumb ones since he probably had been losing his hearing for awhile. (He is 5.) We thought he was sleepy, stubborn, lazy etc. Well, he couldn't hear anything. From the smart folks here, I learned about PSOM and took the info to the local vet. She said he would need an MRI to diagnose and thanks to the brilliant folks here I had gotten pet insurance when he was a pup. The MRI revealed totally clogged inner ear due to PSOM and they did the myringotomy while he was under the same anesthesia. Slowly his hearing has returned and though I can't say precisely, he is very responsive to everything and back to his sweet, non-stubborn self and is far less confused and anxious. Both his ear drums had ruptured!
We are continuing with various drops and washes. He did get a smelly pseudomonas infection after the surgery which cured with Clavamox. Now the dermatologist wants him on an antihistamine called Zyrtec, but to use the generic. We're confused because she said 1/2 a 25 mg. tablet, but it only comes in 10 mg. so we are waiting on instructions.
Meanwhile, I wrote here elsewhere about his odd "nightmares." I'm glad I did because it helped date when my concern became serious. The UF neurologist thinks this might be a type of seizure and wants to start him on an anti-seizure med. I am not sure they are seizures but I also don't want him to suffer brain damage. There is also REM sleeping disorder which is not common but actually is a worse diagnosis.
Also UF does a mini-MRI for SM at a fair price. And if you live anywhere around, they do a heart clinic with very reasonable ultrasounds--something in the $150 range or less. I paid double that a special clinic in Tampa for a baseline when he was 2.
Let's just say that when I need care, I want these vets to treat me! Wonderful group and 80% are gorgeous women. Go girls!
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