PODCAST:Download a podcast in which leading researcher Dr Clare Rusbridge offers a basic introduction to SM in cavaliers.
Read the latest Rusbridge research NEWSLETTER here.
CDs of SM talks: Buy CDs of all five talks and the hour-long Q&A session given by international experts on SM in cavaliers from the October 2007 Rugby, UK International SM Symposium. These talks are aimed at a general pet owner and breeder audience; they explain CM/SM and detail the latest research, treatment, and a new two year project to produce breeding guidelines. You can order them HERE. All proceeds go to the SM genome research project.
You can download a summary of the talks from the Canadian CKCS Club site here.
Video clips are one of the best ways to understand how the various symptoms of syringomyelia are expressed in different dogs.
Mild to moderately affected cavalier Leo has been diagnosed with moderate grade SM by MRI. He has cerebellar herniation, dilated ventricles, and at the time, a small syrinx. In this video, he is 2.5 years old but was asymptomatic when diagnosed with SM at age 1.5, with symptoms only apparent around age 2. In this clip you see a typical scratching session -- this one lasts 30 seconds and was only interrupted because another dog eventually distracts him. He was having such sessions up to a dozen times daily, each lasting up to two minutes, most often first thing in the morning then late at night, waking him from sleep. Sometimes, he will air scratch and bunny hop when on the lead. He is otherwise very active and has no other signs of pain. He is now treated with gabapentin (Neurontin), which minimises his scratching.