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    I expect Dr Rusbridge is off work over Christmas - I hope she is, because she works extremely hard and is so good at helping our SM Cavaliers. I'm sure she will get back to you once she is back at work in the new year. If the Mediterranean is having the same sort of weather as we are having in Britain, with the air pressure going up and down in huge leaps, that may be why Bliss has been a bit scratchy - it really does affect dogs with CM/SM.

    I hope you will be able to find some answers in the new year,

    Kate, Oliver and Aled

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    Lady used to jump and turn to her hindquarters as well but it was related to a patella (knee) issue, and she's mostly grown out of it. Like Bliss, it only seemed to last for a quick second and she went completely back to normal. Just a thought...
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    What is worrying the most is the air scratching it does not happen when she is on the lead it usually happens when we are at home. Sometimes she tends to sit down and her leg starts doing like scratching movements sometimes with skin contact and sometimes without skin contact. Sometimes while she is moving she turns round to look at her feet and there was an instance were her feet started to move.

    In the mean time someone replied to me on the behalf of dr.rusbridge and they are very nice. I will be sending them some videos to see!

    But I have a bad feeling from what I have read that the air scratching symptom is clearly a symptom of SM which worries me a lot since she is only 7 1/2 months now !!!! I know at the moment she is full of life and always on the go but I am fearing what might happen. I don't want her to suffer in the future!!! she is my little baby the perfect dog in every sense and in the mean time my head is going to explode with my worrying!

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    Dear Bernice

    Try not to worry too much - I know, easy to say! But generally, a diagnosis of SM is not a death sentence. There are a lot of medications that can be tried and can be very effective in controlling pain and discomfort, and the dog can live a normal life. And as others have said, there are other things the scratching could be, besides SM. My Oliver has had SM from quite a young age (probably about 2 years old), though he wasn't officially diagnosed until he was 6. He's now 12 and although he has other age-related problems, he has very little pain from his SM and still enjoys life. Aled, my other Cavalier, also has SM, but again it is well-controlled by meds and he is full of life and enjoys himself.

    I'm glad you are in touch with Dr Rusbridge - it is so important for Bliss to be treated by a neurologist if she does have SM; vets can't be experts in every canine ailment and probably don't get much experience of SM in Malta!

    Kate, Oliver and Aled

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    Hi All,

    With the help of a doctor from fitzpatrick and my vet they have decided that the symptoms are of SM therefore we are going to treat her as SM (we cannot have a confirmation) but with the frequency of the scratching, air scratching and lately during the past week she yelped twice when I touched her head (the yelps were very very short). However I have a big problem gabapetin is not available in my country. Do you have an idea of how can I ship it to malta? I have loads of friends in the UK as well.

    I would appreciate any help.

    Thankssss

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    If Bliss does have SM, then you should see a very rapid improvement with the gabapentin, because SM produces neurological pain and gabapentin specifically targets that. I get my gabapentin from a reliable UK on-line pharmacy called Hyperdrug. They charge about 14.60 for 100 x gabapentin 100mg and might be able to send it directly to you. You will need to send them a prescription for it (so the cost of the prescription will add to the cost for you); I post mine, but they might let you fax yours. You can't order prescription medicines on-line, you need to phone them; their UK phone number is 0844 7000 801 - I'm sure you'll know how to add the international code. Dr Rusbridge's treatment algorithm, which you can download from her website, starts newly diagnosed dogs off on 2 x 100mg gabapentin daily, but in fact almost all dogs do better on 3 x 100mg, because most of them metabolise it in roughly 8 hours - my Oliver has 4 x 100mg because he seems to deal with it in 6 hours! It's normal for SM medication to be a little bit trial and error for a few weeks while you find the dosage that's right for your particular dog. Is Bliss also going to be on a diuretic such as cimetadine (Zitac), and can you get that OK in Malta? At Hyperdrug it's about 8 for 30 x 100mg tablets, and the usual dose is half a tablet three times a day.

    I hope the medication will make a real difference to Bliss - gabapentin working well is often seen as a sign that SM is present.

    Kate, Oliver and Aled
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    Hi guys,

    do you have any idea if any licking between their legs and especially at the vulva can be SM related?

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    She may well be coming into season if she hasn't yet had her first season. So be very careful about where you exercise her and don't let her off lead.

    Kate, Oliver and Aled

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    She had her season and yes she started to get more obsessed about her parts since then. But down she is still continuing to lick her private part obsessively, I will continue to discuss regard this with my vet.

    What do you think about spaying her? I was thinking of neutering her since I do not intend to breed her. Do you think it might effect her condition in a way or another?

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    I wouldn't think the licking is SM related, more likely an infection. I haven't had a bitch for a long time, but the subject of spaying gets discussed regularly on this forum, and the general opinion seems to be to spay if you're not going to breed, and don't do it too early, since this can affect development. Three months after a season and between 9-12 months was what was said, I think. But it's a subject that people feel strongly about - and also get a lot of pressure from vets to spay much too early - so as an owner of 2 males, I don't really join in!

    Have you managed to get hold of gabapentin yet?

    All the best

    Kate, Oliver and Aled

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