An Overview of Chiari-like Malformation (CM)
CM is a condition characterised by a mismatch in size between the brain (too big) and the skull (too small). This condition is so painful it has been described as trying to shove a brain the size of a 10 foot into a size 6 shoe. At the base of the skull there is a hole which allows the brainstem to exit the skull and become the spinal cord. A scan will reveal the brain being squeezed like toothpaste down the spinal cord of the dog. Many dogs with CM go on to develop Syringomyelia (SM).
Our dazzling Dougall was always a quiet dog, and we assumed this was his personality. Dougall has been diagnosed with CM (Chiari-like Malformation), Glue Ear (PSOM) and probably suffers mild headaches and displays discomfort with his back. He is on preventative medicine and mild pain killers and is closely monitored. Dougall has retained his delightful tender and warm approach to life. He is playful and content. In May 2018 Dougall celebrated his 11th birthday.