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    I'm not bored either

    On the Australian Cavalier email list that I am on there has only been a bit of discussion about health since the first doco aired on the 10th. All appears quiet with the usual pet discussions and things like showing each other their doggies photos.

    A lot of people today if they want information tend to do an internet search. Interestingly the Cavalier owner of a Cavalier Health website mentioned that when the first doco aired on the ABC his site's visitor hits suddenly went off the chart and is still doing so today.

    If anyone wants information about Cavaliers and Syringomyelia well here is a link, and there are some Cavalier breeders in Australia who do MRI testing for this.
    Syringomyelia (SM) and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

    Those who want information about Syringomyelia from a Veterinary Neurologist's website then there are 5 pages of information starting at this link.
    Clare Rusbridge - Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia Questions and Answers - Part 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    I'm getting a cavalier in 4 weeks and I must say that this doco has me worried.
    Cavalier Clubs around the world arrange Health Clinics for their members where Specialists health test their breeding dogs, and the Specialists sign and issue Health Certificates. Some Cavalier breeders even MRI health test for Syringomyelia. Health testing is done at certain ages depending on the health issue so keep this in mind.

    I’ve heard of these things happening in other breeds for their breed’s health issues. I think it might be about 10 breeds where the Breed Clubs arranged with the ANKC that when pups are being registered the breeder must produce the appropriate health certificates, and if not then the pups registration will not be processed.

    When looking for a pup take your time and do your homework which includes talking to a number of breeders and ask them about health testing. Some breeders will gladly show you a pile of health certificates going back for generations, and some will even give you copies of the original certificates when you take your new pup home with you. So if you want a Cavalier pup or a pup from another breed then do your homework.

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    Yes Cavaliers may get a heart murmur and there are different types of heart murmurs where some are innocent and nothing to worry about, but there are some others that can indicate a heritable disease.

    When my Nelson was 3 months old I started showing him where he did pretty well winning some ribbons. By about 6 months old he was not wining anything as it was obvious he had grown a bit too large including his nose.

    I kept the little fellow and for some extra doggie activities that we could do together I trialled him in Obedience, Tracking and Endurance where he obtained a number of titles.

    When he turned 5 years old he started to have a slight heart murmur which the Specialist told me was Mitral Valve Disease (MVD). He appeared fine where he had no problems. But when he turned 7 years old problems did appear as the MVD had progressed. Medications were started which he had to have each day for rest of his life, with these he appeared fine again.

    As time passed the quantity of medications he needed had to be increased, plus he also had to start some other medications. When he was 10 years old he started suffering and all the medications were now useless, and to end his suffering I had no choice but to make the decision with the veterinarian to give the final farewell needle.

    Over the years I have talked with a number of Cavalier owners who have had similar experiences with their Cavaliers but at different ages. This when I trialled for years where I travelled all over the state even interstate, and where I bumped into other Cavalier owners at different Clubs where we tend to say hello and a pat the nice doggie.

    If obtaining a Cavalier pup today and in relation to MVD I would ask the breeder to show me Heart Specialist Certificates. Where both parents were tested “Heart Clear” at 2½ years or older, also the 4 grandparents tested “Heart Clear” at 5 years or older. If the breeder could not show me this I would go find another breeder.

    For quite some years Cavalier Clubs around the world have arranged Heart Specialists to attend their organised “Health Testing Clinics” this even in Australia. Currently genetic research is trying to find the genes where hopefully we might then have a DNA test for MVD, this not only for Cavaliers and some other breeds but also for Humans. MVD is called by some other medical names, anyway have a read down this page and notice Cavaliers mentioned.
    WP2 Cardiovascular disorders

    Interesting what’s mentioned on the front page of that site which I will include below and from this address.
    Welcome to the Frontpage

    Dog genetics to unravel human diseases

    Dogs are more than man’s best friends; they can help us unravelling the genetic of diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, cardiovascular troubles or inflammatory disorders as diabetes or thyroid unbalance. Living in the same environment human and dogs are often suffering from the same complex diseases but the genetic complexity is lower in dogs. During 4 years (2008-2011) twenty veterinary schools from 12 countries spread across Europe will work together to collect 10.000 DNA samples from purebred dogs healthy or affected by similar diseases as human.

    The analysis of the genome of affected dogs compared to healthy ones of the same breed will lead to the identification of genes implied in the mechanisms of these diseases. This project will first generate genetic markers for dog diseases and help to reduce the high level of inherited canine disease in purebred dogs. Then identification of the genes implied in disease development will allow to understand the mechanisms and pathways of the pathology. Human medicine will ultimately benefit from these results. That's why the LUPA project has been named after the female wolf that fed the twin founders of Rome to reflect the benefits human will obtain from dog genetics.

    For Syringomyelia genetic research is trying to find the genes and to develop cost effective DNA testing. There is still a call worldwide for help so if you know any breeder who can help then please let them know this.
    "The researchers are seeking DNA samples from cavaliers who are over 5 years of age, but preferably over 7, who have been MRI’d and do not have SM."
    Details and on who to contact is on the Parent Cavalier Club website in the UK at this link and note the date there August 09.
    SM DNA Over 5 Collection
    Alternatively contact Neurologist Dr Georgina Child who appeared on ABC TV Catalyst the other night.
    Dr Georgina Child
    Small Animal Specialist Hospital
    PO Box 157, North Ryde,
    Sydney NSW

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