I'm glad you found your way here. Welcome to the Club that nobody wants to belong to.
There are so many of us here, owners of SM affected cavaliers from all over the world, so if you have a question just ask it here.
We have all been in your shoes, bewildered, frightened for our dog, not having the slightest idea what this peculiar condition is about or what to expect for the future.
As Kate says SM is seldom a death sentence and more and more we are finding that it is possible to give our pets a good enough quality of life by careful monitoring of their medication.
Knowing your dog has SM does take away some of the carefree joy of owning your pet and leaves you always watchful, checking to make sure that pain is not gradually breaking through.
I have an eleven and a half year old blenheim boy with SM, he was diagnosed through the first low cost breeders' scanning scheme set up in 2005. He is big, loving and so good tempered, happily bullied by my little fluffies, really the nicest, sweetest, dog you could ever meet.
He now has little idea where he is putting his legs, so he often sits down suddenly because he has completely crossed his legs at the back and they won't hold him. He will look slightly bemused and just get up and carry on.
He is on Lyrica ( pregablin ) It is expensive but very good and I think (hope) he is comfortable.
Cavaliers......Faith, The Ginger Tank and Woody.
Japanese Chins.... Dandy, Benny, Bridgette and Hana.
Remembered with love......... Tommy Tuppence and Fonzi