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Syringomyelia (SM) is reported to be "very widespread" in the cavalier King Charles spaniel breed. Syringomyelia is a disorder of the brain and spinal cord, which may cause severe head and neck pain and possible paralysis.
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- SM breeding protocol
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- Research news
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- MRI screening protocol for SM
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Hip dysplasia reportedly afflicts up to one out of every four cavalier King Charles spaniels. It is a genetic disease which can cause the dogs pain and debilitation.
Low blood platelet counts in cavaliers usually are not a health problem. Many veterinarians are misled by low platelet counts to wrongly diagnose anemia or other serious disorders.
The size and shape of its head can cause serious breathing problems for the cavalier King Charles spaniel. Elongated soft palates, stenotic nares, everted laryngeal saccules, and laryngeal collapse are inherited developmental defects in the breed.
Cavalier King Charles spaniels appear predisposed to develop cerebellar infarcts, or strokes.
Cavaliers are predisposed to a form of congenital deafness, which is present at birth, and also to a progressive hereditary hearing loss, which usually begins during puppyhood and worsens, or progresses, until the dog is completely deaf, usually between the ages of three and five years.
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Heart mitral valve disease (MVD) is a terminal illness which afflicts over half of all cavalier King Charles spaniels by the age of 5 years and nearly all Cavaliers by age 10 years. It is CKCSs' leading cause of death.
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- Mitral valve disease breeding protocol
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- ACVIM cardiologists consensus statement
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►Cardiologist Dr. Buchanan reports mitral valve thickening is worst at chordae tendineae contact points.
►NEW WEBPAGE: Kidney disease and the cavalier King Charles spaniel.
►German researchers find relationship between pain and asymmetrical syrinxes and dorsal horn involvement in cavaliers with SM.
►UK Kennel Club adopts the DNA testing scheme for episodic falling and curly coat syndromes in the CKCS.
►Researchers find that cardiac troponin-I could be a biomarker for formation of scar tissue in MVD dogs.
►UK seminar on May 26: "Chiari and syrlngomyelia in toy dogs, latest developments and projects" by Dr. Paul Mandigers.
►UK cavalier clubs urge Kennel Club to include Episodic Falling & Curly Coat DNA tests in KC's registration system.
►US researchers find false crude fiber percentages reported on commercial dog food ingredients lists.>
►International study finds no statistical relationship between coughing in MVD dogs and congestive heart failure.
►UK neurologists report cavaliers' CM/SM may be due to independent development of the occipital bone and cerebellum or failure to coordinate growth mechanisms.
►UK's Bristol University seeks CKCS head size data worldwide for The Conformational Indicators Study.
Veterinary specialists have designed breeding guidelines to eliminate early-onset mitral valve disease in cavalier King Charles spaniels.
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