hello everyone, i am Jayne a Brit living in Holland.
I have a 7yr old Cav called Charlie....and am worried he has started with syringomyelia.
It started 2 days ago, he was fast asleep and woke up with a start and did the snort that lets me know he needs to catch his breath, so i bent down to hold his nostrils together to help him, but before i could do that, he kind of lay flat and yelped and yelped and yelped, like he was is excruciating pain. In panic i had no idea what to do, so just called his name, he sat up and the yelping stopped. After that he was slow, like he didnt want to walk at a normal pace. So we rushed him to the vets and i instantly thought it was this SM, as i had read up on the SM condition and noticed that just lately he had been lip licking alot and air scratching around his ear on the left. Anyway the vet said he had a massive ear infection, syringed and washed his ears and gave him a pain killer injection and some ear drops. When he came home he was worn out and slept but when he went to get up he yelped, i am not sure if it was the actual getting up or it was raising his head but i think it was the latter. As the day went on he began to yelp more, so we took him back to the vet, who admitted he knew nothing about SM, but did some more work on him, he pulled his legs around, xrayed his spine and found he had a slight problem there but not enough to cause this much pain...he pushed his spine up and and his head back, to the side and then the other side, and Charlie never made a sound. So he concluded it was the ear infection.
So later that evening around 9pm he had been asleep and again tried to get up and yelped and yelped and yelped again in agony, but once up was fine, we also noticed he couldnt shake his head as he was trying to do so, but once he tried to he stopped immediately. So we called the night vet who admitted he knew nothing of SM, but asked me called back in 10mins while he went online. We called back and he said maybe a water tablet would help in case he had some fluid around the area of his head and said in his mind he thought we were right in self diagnosing SM, but when we told him he was 7 he then changed his mind.
So 2 days on....Charlie is running around like a puppy, sleepy but i think its the tablets as the new vet also put him on a tablet that stops the nerve endings feeling pain.
I have no clue what to do...is it his ears....is it SM? here in Holland i must admit the vets are not the best ive ever seen. To get a MRI will cost me 4000 Euros and i have to go to Belgium, which i cannot possibly do.
We have another dog, a Musterlander, who and the same time as Charlie starting iching and biting themselves and our normal vet treated them both for allergies, and we all thought it was something to do with the garden as it was both of them, but Charlie seemed to bite more, but that stopped with both of them a couple of weeks ago after numerous coursed of allergy stuff.
Are the pain killers just masking the SM or does he just have a massive ear infection....can anyone help me...is he too old at 7 to start with this condition?