Cavalier Matters

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Symptoms of SM

Only half of SM dogs scratch, many will not even show pain in any obvious way even though they are constantly enduring terrible symptoms:

  • Sensitive to touch, especially neck and ear area
  • Walking and moving slowly (due to pain)
  • Hesitating before jumping on furniture or climbing stairs
  • Limb weakness (Molly’s was front left leg)
  • Scratching – esp. ears, head, face, neck, shoulders
  • Air scratching
  • Sudden yelping for no apparent reason
  • Biting hind quarters

Molly was initially misdiagnosed with joint problems and sent to a joint specialist, some of the other possible incorrect diagnoses include:

  • Allergies
  • Ear problems
  • Spinal problems