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    Default Tommy has had pain episodesl

    Since last Thursday Tommy had serious bouts of pain which appeared SM related with increased face rubbing, scratching, yelping when touched or when moving etc. The twitching that had been so well controlled by Lyrica and metacam started up again.
    He had no sickness or stomach upsets and his motions were as firm as usual.

    Clare Rusbridge was away but very helpful as usual in answering emails & giving advice. He needed to be sedated while the metacam cleared from his system and then we started steroids.
    Unfortunately the pain episodes did not get any better, he developed an eye ulcer from scratching and I knew that recent blood tests had shown problems with his kidneys.

    I decided it was unfair to continue if his pain could only be kept in check by heavy sedation.

    I took Tommy to Cambridge yesterday expecting to return without him. Dr Penny Watson, a leading researcher who receives the pancreas tissue samples from the Cavalier Collection Scheme was there to meet us. She was going to euthanize my boy for me.

    On hearing that he had very recently been changed to Hills k/d renal diet Penny examined him, found he had a very painful stomach, and felt confident, despite the lack of gastroenteritis symptoms, that the problem is pancreatitis triggered by this newly prescribed high fat food.
    She felt the pancreas pain has lowered his pain threshold and made his SM painful too.

    So Tom came home again after another sedative injection, with Tramadol painkillers and another change of diet to be gradually introduced.
    Penny is checking the kidney results with my vet. If he does have both pancreatitis and kidney problems then he may need a home prepared diet.

    Tommy is still quite heavily sedated and he is still yelping occasionally but I find that easier to accept if time and the right diet hold out the prospect of him getting back to a good quality of life.
    Margaret C

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    SM really can be a rollercoaster - but it sounds hopeful that it might actually be something else triggering the increased pain. But what a rollercoaster for you too - preparing for the worst (and we all know how traumatic that can be, even when it seems the kindest thing) and then having a (literal) turnaround. What a good thing the right specialist was there at the right time, and hopefully Tommy will be sticking his tongue out at you for a few more years!

    Thinking of you,

    Kate, Oliver and Aled

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    How terrible that you had to go through this. I will certainly keep you and Tommy in my thoughts and hope that this new diet change will be just what Tommy needs.
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    Poor Tommy, poor you.

    Will keep you in my thoughts.

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    Margaret,
    Im so sorry to read this about Tommy. You know Im quite close to Cambridge and if you need any thing......anything at all then just let me know.

    Fingers crossed that he will improve and become comfy again.

    Sending love to you both
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    Ach - I started crying halfway through your post. First, just because SM is so cruel, second because of what Tommy (and you) were going through, and third, that you were thinking that you were going to lose your boy. And once I started I couldn't stop even when I knew Tommy was coming home with you! And pancreatitis is nothing to sneeze at - but, WOW, he's home with you for a few more of his dog lives. I hope he gets more comfortable and you are able to sleep tonight. Poor baby - poor you. I've said it before but i'll say it again - I hate SM.
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    Margaret, What an experience to go through, I do hope Tommy improves and that a change of food can help him.
    Sending you both love and gentle hugs.
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    Oh god what emotional rollercoaster. You were lucky that you mentioned the change of diet. I just hope that all this will help your Tommy. My heart goes out to you SM is not only painful for our dogs it’s also very painful emotionally for their owners.

    You and Tommy are in my thoughts.
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    Margaret,
    What an upsetting journey for you.
    Thank goodness you get a little longer.

    Thinking of you both.
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    Thinking of you and little Tommy xx
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