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    I have a cavie who six months ago after a clipping, began constant head shaking, we assumed some of the clipped hair had fallen in her ear. We cleaned her ears for a little while to no avail, then took her to the vet. He said he couldnt see much in the ear just a bit of yeast infection and prescribed the usual meds, and the come back in a month if she was still shaking her head.

    The meds made no difference, so back to vet and this time they sedated her, cleaned her ear and said there was some muck right on her eardrum and she would now be fine. Back to the vet 2 weeks later as no change and he said her ears are immaculate and couldnt be the cause, but gave me some allergy tabs which also made no difference.

    My dogs have always had their ears cleaned and checked every few days as they are prone to the yeasty bugs, but this is the first for this girl as her ears are always healthy.
    My question is Do you think this head shaking now is just a habit as she had been doing it for a few months with her ear? Can doge get habits such as this? Or do you think there is some other issue going on?
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    Not sure really... I know I do believe dogs can and do develop habits but the head shaking is an odd one.

    Perhaps now after all of this cleaning etc she may just be super sensitive of anything on or in her ear. I take it she's otherwise her happy healthy self

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    Yes otherwise she seems fine, she has generally been a bit quieter than usual in the last 6-12 months bit that just mabe due to growing up, shes 3yrs .Im a bit worried as constant head shaking is not good for the head or the ear flaps.
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    I had a friend who did pretty violent headshakes every now and then. I though it was a habit and i still think it partly was but he stopped after a visit to a choirpractor (spelling ???....dude that cracks necks and backs back in...).


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    Yesterday we noticed she had a lump on her vulva which she is at all the time, and also noticed a small lump on her mammary glands. I had to work today so my daughter took her to the vet.
    He didnt know what the lump on her vulva was, said he wasnt to concerned about the lump on her mammary glands although said it shouldnt be there?????? And also noticed their was a problem with her anal glands which he described as like "gritty toothpaste" and wonders how she could even poo?

    Funny thing is I asked them to do her anal glands while she was sedated for her ears a few weeks ago and she hadnt any trouble there till now?
    And shes still shaking her head but her ears immaculate?
    All this worries me a bit because as I said, she has seemed fine, but her personality has been different...quieter and more solitary for about 6 - 8mths.
    He suggested an op to fix her glands but dosent think the lump is worth looking at again for a few months?

    He prescribed Flamazine cream for the vulva lump and irritation, Rilexine injection and tabs which is an antibiotic and prednal which i think is more allergy meds which dont help... for her head shaking.

    Do you think its right he dosent know what any of these things are?
    Is it time to find a new vet?
    This vet is another at the practice i have been going to for a long time, OUR vet left to have a baby and we all miss her very much
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    film her doing it and post it some were so we can see
    If you are reading this then you're doing just fine as to
    I'm not going to tell ya I lost the ' , . ? ! " Keys to my head
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    Hi,

    I do not like to have to say this; syringomyelia.

    Everything you say sounds like like syringomyelia. It is not a habit, it is a well recognised disorder that Cavs are particularly susceptible to.

    Syringomyelia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is more likely to suffer from syringomyelia than any other dog breed.

    I am sorry.

    ricey

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    Hey Ricey,
    The symptoms of syringomyelia vary from one individual to the next, depending on the severity and location of the cyst, and the underlying cause. Symptoms can develop slowly and this may delay the diagnosis. They include:
    Pain and weakness in the back, shoulders, arms or legs
    Headaches
    Reduced skin sensations, such as not being able to feel extremes of heat and cold
    Loss of sensation in the hands, including sensations of pain
    Muscle atrophy (wasting), usually beginning in the hands and spreading to include the arms and shoulders
    Severe pain in the shoulders and neck
    Reduced bowel and bladder control (in the later stages)
    Sexual dysfunction.

    While head shaking can be a symptom she dosent present with any of the usual ones above. The head shaking began after a clipping of hair went into her ear canal.
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    are you shour that a choirpractor can help it did our horses wonders love the choirpractor so dose the horses
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    Thats a good thought Ruby, thank you.
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