Thoughts on MRI'ing?
I just recently found out another member of my meet-up group has had another of her dogs diagnosed with SM. This makes at least 5 that I know of out of more than 50 dogs, chances are that there are more undiagnosed. From what I've seen of him (about 2 years-old) there didn't appear to be any obvious signs. Of course I'm seeing him once a month for about an hour, so it's not like I'm getting the full picture. He seems very playful, friendly, and doesn't have a sad/pained look on his face. His owner is/was trying to organize a low-cost MRI clinic here for us, if enough people would go.
My question is, if we aren't able to organize one (or even if we are) do you think it's a good idea to get my almost 2 year-old JB scanned? He really doesn't have any noticeable SM signs, he scratches at his ears regularly, but we've been battling a near constant infection that produces a brown yeast-like gunk, and during good phase of the ear infections he seems to almost stop his scratching. He does like rubbing his face against you, but otherwise he is happy and playful.
Would it be worth it to scan him for peace of mind? I realize even if he is clear now it wouldn't mean he couldn't develop it by even 6-months out... I do have pet insurance so the cost would be negligible for me.
Thanks for all your thoughts and advice.
Jelly Bean- 6yr Blenheim male