Dr. Clare Rusbridge has reported that a considerable amount of time typically passes between the first onset of symptoms and a confirmed diagnosis is made of syringomyelia-affected dogs (an average of 1.6 years). During this period, irreversible nervous system damage can occur due to the progressive nature of the disease.
We hope to understand why the lag between owner recognition and veterinary diagnosis exists, with the aim of identifying ways to reduce this time span and to improve patient outcomes through early diagnosis and care.
Please contribute by taking the poll below and answering these two questions in the "Answers" section.
- How long was the period between your observations of symptoms and the confirmation of diagnosis by a veterinarian?
- Did your dog experience additional complications and require long-term care and/or ongoing medication?
|If your dog was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation and/or Syringomyelia, what was your biggest challenge in getting help for your CM/SM affected dog?|
Total votes 14
|Vote Symptoms were vague (I wasn't sure, but only suspected during the lag period)|
|Vote Lacked awareness (I didn't realize that those behaviours were symptoms of disease)|
|Vote Difficulty in veterinary awareness (I knew there was an issue, but my veterinarian(s) didn't recognize the symptoms)|
|Vote Other (Please explain)|
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