Posted by Robin (Los Angeles) on 04/23/2016
Hi again -
I'm re-posting because I feel like I'm slim on resources to help Margot.
@Gth I was in touch with Dr. Diana + she has referred me to somebody in Florida who is very familiar with Cavaliers, though I still haven't managed to nail them down for a consultation.
Here's the rundown of her history ::
3 YRS old diagnosed via MRI with syringomyelia. The neurologist tried her on a few different combinations of drugs (including steroids which were awful for Margot). We ended up on Gabapentin 100 mg 2x daily.
8 YRS old diagnosed with MVD by a cardiologist. She was put on Benazapril, Torsemide & Vetmedin 2x daily.
->> 6 month checkup at cardiologist over a week ago EKG + x-ray shows progression of the MVD. Margot was additionally prescribed Sildenafil + Spironolactone. Immediately she started panting and coughing uncontrollably, 24 hours a day.
A week later she's returned to the cardiologist twice + has stopped the additional/new heart meds to eliminate them as the cause of her discomfort.
The symptoms continue which leads me to believe that it's the syringomyelia that's the cause of her restlessness, discomfort, panting + coughing.
It occurred to me that she had perhaps panted so much in pain from the SM that she's created an inflammation in her trachea (which showed to be very narrow/collapsing on x-ray as a result of the enlarged heart).
She's been prescribed hydrocodone to relax her and stop her from panting/coughing. It worked for 24 hours but now I'm giving her the max hydrocodone prescribed and doubled her gabapentin dose but she is still extremely uncomfortable.
I've also begun to give her hawthorn extract for her heart + milk thistle to help detox the liver from the meds + omega3/fish oil for inflammation.
The regular vet doesn't have much else to offer + I've been reading these posts and am now trying to find a reliable cold laser therapist in/around LA to help with the SM.
Any further suggestions would be so appreciated - I can't stand seeing Margot in so much discomfort + am trying to rapidly weed through crappy faux holistic vets + alternative therapists to find good ones.
I've cross posted this to the SM thread since there are two issues with her at present.
Video of her behavior here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBryCZUzPFY