21st March 2013, 12:40 AM
Thank you all so much. My neurologist is Dr Georgina Barone at Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island. She did explain to me that Xylitol is in the Gabapentin that you would get at a regular pharmacy but the GABA I get from their office, since it is given to dogs, does NOT contain Xylitol. The reason we started him on the liquid is because he is so allergic & sensitive to many medications & vaccines, her thought was it would be easier to adjust for him. So we started him on .6 ml which didn't do much, so we increased it to 1ml 3 times a day, after 2 days he needed to start Tramadol. He was originally on a very low does of steroids which completely knocked him out, totally lethargic. The only reason Dr Barone didn't recommend LIV is because of the support & aftercare staff. The doctors at LIV including Dr Marino are supposed to be wonderful. She recommended the neurologists & staff in Redbank NJ. It's about 2hrs from us so it's not too bad. If we are going to consider the surgery & the expense then I would rather go with the best reputation all around. Thank you for all your advice & I will check out the Clare Rusbridge site. I'm not convinced he's on the right med cocktail right now. I can tell when the meds are wearing off & he definitely reacts more during periods of atmospheric pressure. He also has a problem on some nights getting comfy. I'll keep you posted. Oh & Livcav I am on eastern Long Island.
22nd March 2013, 02:16 AM
22nd March 2013, 09:39 AM
22nd March 2013, 11:05 AM
You must have missed my posts with the links about dosage and the amount of xylitol - this boy is taking 50 mg of gabapentin three times a day, so it's a low dose. 1 ml is equal to 50 mg.
Originally Posted by Karlin
And there is information on how much xylitol is contained and the effect on dogs, and it is not insignificant:
Folks reported back that they were not using "human" gabapentin but were having it compounded because of this issue.
22nd March 2013, 11:15 AM
Yes I am using the Gabapentin supplied by my neurologist which she assures me her supply does not contain Xylitol.
25th March 2013, 12:49 PM
So I've been communicating with Winston's breeder & she informed me that both his parents(whom I met) are free of SM, CM & Mitral Valve issues. I must say I shopped around extensively for the best breeder I could find & when we did meet her she was very helpful. She invited to meet her at a dog show to point things out to us. She brought her champion to hang out with us. When we went to pick Winston out at 6 weeks she had us take off out shoes & coats and she had us wash our hands with detergent that contained bleach. Of course she wouldn't let Winston leave until 8 weeks old. So she emailed me telling me how devasted she is over this news & that her & her husband would like to offer us a puppy from her next liter. I am dumbfounded! It's an extremely generous offer since I know she charges $2500.-$3000. for her puppies but I feel at this time I really need to focus on Winston & his care. What do you think of this?
25th March 2013, 02:22 PM
25th March 2013, 02:24 PM
In memory: Lucy
Cavalier SM Infosite:www.smcavaliers.com
25th March 2013, 06:16 PM
Thanks Ladies I will definitely follow your advice & keep you posted.
28th March 2013, 10:42 PM
We were just diagnosed with a trifecta....s/m, c/m and pmos....we are having surgery next wednesday....at LIVS with Dr. Marino and Dr. L. I, of course, have been booked on my vacation for over a year. My adult children will handle this for me and I will be getting updates via email every day. My dog is 2.5 and I'm hoping and praying this is the way to go. Only time will tell.