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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My 8 year Cavalier has progressively been yelping and

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My 8 year King Charles Cavalier has progressively been yelping and jumping up from sleep, laying, and even walking for no apparent reason. I've checked her over and can't find any pest or tender spot that could be a clue. I can't get in to my vet until tomorrow. this went from a once in few days to 6 times last night and 2x during the night. She is eating, pooping, drinking, and peeing normally as far as I can tell. I do work days, so I'm not home then. She has another Cav with her and an elderly Chihuahua and they are normal. Millie has had surgery-2 years ago April for cancerous mammary tumor removal on her release from a puppy mill. Followed by more surgery a month later to clear margins. And this year, 2 months ago, she had a mammary cyst removed, to be sure it didn't become cancer. Other than that, she has no health issues or heart murmurs. For her breed, she is overall in good condition. She has gained 2 pounds over the past year. Could it be scar tissue lesions bothering her?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

Probably not. External scar tissue isn't expected to be problematic; internal scar tissue is a different story! Have you seen Millie scratching at her shoulder/neck area? That would be highly suggestive of a spinal cord disorder called syringomyelia in the CKCS although she's a bit older than most CKCS with this disorder. Syringomyelia is often associated with a Chiari-like malformation which causes problems with the spinal cord as it emerges from the skull.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Millie. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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