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Syringomyelia?

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Ginmakesitallok Fri 30-Dec-16 09:52:57

Dms wee ckc has been diagnosed with syringomyelia - no MRI, just based on symptoms. My mum is in bits. We know that there is no cure and that she will gradually get worse 😢.

What I was surprised at was that the vet said there was nothing at all that could be done - didn't offer any ways to control symptoms and instead just offered to pts there and then (which mum refused).

Mum is going to call another vet this morning for second opinion, but I just wondered if anyone had any experience of this horrible disease??

TrionicLettuce Fri 30-Dec-16 12:29:31

I've no experience of it but there's an extremely comprehensive website covering all CKCS health issues including a section on syringomyelia. I hope that might be of some use.

Bubble2bubble Fri 30-Dec-16 12:50:37

So sorry, it's a dreadful disease.
There's a PDF on treatment options here, though as you probably realise there is very little which can really help except maybe very short-term.

TrionicLettuce Fri 30-Dec-16 13:16:44

The website Bubble linked to has some other really useful pages as well.

The 'What to do if your dog is suffering from genetic disease' page is well worth a read.

There's also the 'How you can help' page, although the possibilities outlined on it are understandably not for every owner.

Ginmakesitallok Fri 30-Dec-16 16:23:56

Thanks all - will call mum this evening and see how she got on with other vet

Ginmakesitallok Fri 30-Dec-16 16:38:11

Oh and she has let the breeder know, and they are informing the studs owner.

Ginmakesitallok Fri 30-Dec-16 17:26:24

She's booked in for an mri tomorrow morning and other vet has talked through some symptom control options - so fingers crossed

yesbutnobut Sun 01-Jan-17 14:32:05

So sorry to hear this. But there is a lot that can be done to ease your mum's dog's symptoms - check out the Cavalier Matters website as well as the links given above. From what I understand, it may take a while for the right combination of medications to be worked out. I'm very surprised a vet offered to euthanise unless the symptoms are very severe indeed. Good luck to your mum and her cavalier working this out.

Shriek Sun 01-Jan-17 19:44:02

Oh no poor ddog and dm. How sad. I really hope there is something that helps in tjese links to ease symptoms.
Its possible also, and neccsary to register this health concern against your ddogs pedigree record with the KC as it will ensure that the Sire's record of health of progeny will be updated for future breeding (and dam)

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