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  1. #11
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    Change your vet. You dont sound confident. Reading, im not confident.

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    I agree with Bernie , just reading your post makes me concerned and we can hear how concerned you are becoming as well.

    Time for another vet

    I hate it when you've become comfortable with a certain vet , they know your dogs and your life style , they have developed a 'history' which is hard to replace . Hoping you get some answers sooner rather than later

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    I agree with Bernie and Chop.........LOL.....I changed vets a few month ago after many, many years. Found the perfect little country town vet, thought perfect........he retired, at forty.

    Anyway now he recommended the vet i am at now and I have been happy with their attitude and determination throughout Katy's dilemma. A vet should be thorough, you never want to have to say "if only we had". So OK we have done a lot of tests, but at least they were done and we now know what it isn't........
    Pets are forever

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    Thanks guys, will seek out some reccomendations of vets in the area.
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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    SM came to mind for me as well. You said she hasn't been acting herself for 6 - 8 months. That in itself to me is a sign of some issue, as is the head shaking, you said you thought it was due to an ear clipping getting into her ear, but clearly that isn't the case. These both sound like some sort of neurological issue. Other signs may not be obvious enough for you to be noticing them right now, dogs are very stoic.
    I have friends who had a Cavvie PTS due to SM at only 15 months old and their older Cav was also diagnosed with it but a very special vet in Maleny saved his life.

    Personally if I had a Cavvie showing the signs you have described, I would be seeing a Chiropractic vet. The only Chiro's I trust are Rowan Kilmartin and Jenny from Animal Options at Ormeau or as a last resort Toni Lynch (TLC Vet Care), she is amazing and works out of home in Maleny.

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    All the Cavs I have met with SM have head shaking, and little other symptoms (these are mild cases). The age of onset should make it something your vet needs to consider and explore, even if only to rule it out. It can only be confirmed by MRI though, which is not cheap. But endless visits and meds that don't help aren't cheap either.

    The lump on mammary glands and vulva is not necessarily related, your vet should consider that. They may all be from one cause, but they may not.

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    Thank you for that info, will try to find a new vet I think. The present vet has just put it down to the ear problem and maybe allergies, but then he also said the mammary lump was not worth further investigation so not much confidence there. i have a small community of family and friends with cavies and non of us have seen this condition, nor have ny parents who have owned and bred them for over 30 years, not even any head shaking, so i cant really believe my dog, who is of the same lines would be affected but i know sadly that is not always the case
    Your right natty that these can be early stage symptoms and i do need to consider that. Thank you guys, much appreciated.
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    Just an update on my cavie and the head shaking..

    I took K&P's advice and booked her in to a chiro a few weeks ago, she was great and very through but didnt see any obvious or usual signs of SM keeping in mind only an MRI and specialist vet can confirm a diagnosis, and suggested firstly i go to a different vet and have her ears more thoughly checked including her eardrum.

    I now have a new vet, who checked her ears and (flaps) and amazingly felt a small lump in the ear flap...turned out to be an embedded grass seed, but because of the hair and crevices i couldnt feel it when i checked.. Not cheering that the poor darling has had to suffer a grass seed for so long, just that it's nothing more sinister, so he sorted that immediatley and a few days later of antibiotics, shes a new girl.

    Her swollen vulva turned out to be her licking it because she had a UTI, and the mammary lump, he is not to concerned about for now, but as i was intending to maybe have a first litter from her next year, I will wait to see if i decide to breed from her or not, and if not, have the lump looked at while desexing.

    So the news is all good, and shes happy and healthy
    Thank you for all your thoughts and idea's, much appreciated.

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    Pic of my girl at xmas, and before you jump on me it was an empty bottle.
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
    Mohandas Gandhi

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    Very good news ! Blo**y grass seeds ! They can and will get anywhere and they are soooo hard to find ! Great that you have found a new vet that you seem more confidant with !

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    Great news! Grass seeds are sneaky little buggers. Hopefully an offshoot of all this is finding a great vet that you can trust.

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