Heart mitral valve disease (MVD) is a terminal illness which may afflict 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.
- More: Cavalier King Charles spaniel MVD
- Mitral valve disease breeding protocol
- A few words about pimobendan (Vetmedin)
- ACVIM cardiologists consensus statement
- Research news
- Find a cardiologist in the USA and Canada
- September 2015 - International team of cardiologists and nephrologists issue a Consensus Statement on cardio-renal disorders.
- September 2015 - Study of healthy dogs finds enalapril suppresses ACE activity but does not suppress circulating RAAS.
- August 2015 - Japanese researchers find that vitamin D concentration declines with the progression of MVD in dogs, including cavaliers.
- August 2015 - Thai researchers find plasma Galectin-3 increases with cardiac fibrosis in MVD-affected dogs.
- August 2015 - Statistical analysis of MRI-scanned asymptomatic cavaliers show that the presence of a syrinx is a risk factor for later development of clinical signs of CM/SM.
- August 2015 - Cerebellar infarction symptoms in cavaliers resemble acute vestibular signs.
- August 2015 - Japanese researchers find a congenital cerebral cavity, porencephaly, in a fly-biting cavalier.
- August 2015 - Extreme beta-cell deficiency is noted in diabetic dogs.
- August 2015 - Study of MVD-affected dogs shows a progressive inflammatory component.
- August 2015 - UK neurologist seeks CM/SM-affected cavaliers for non-invasive pain assessment study.
- August 2015 - US vet reports a case of eosinophilic stomatitis in a cavalier.
- August 2015 - Dutch study finds post-operative reoccurrence of cherry eye is linked to other eye disorders.
- August 2015 - UK researchers compare anti-convulsants gabapentin and topiramate in a study of 33 cavaliers with CM/SM.
- August 2015 - UK research points to gene expression causing the transition of cells in the development of MVD in cavaliers.
- August 2015 - US researchers determine that only computed tomography (CT) can reliably detect non-bulging PSOM in cavaliers.
- August 2015 - Cavalier in congestive heart failure suffers blood clots, a tear in the left atrium wall, and a cardiac stroke.
- August 2015 - Belgium researchers find CT can be used to diagnose SM in dogs.
- August 2015 - UK researchers opine that corneal ulcers in cavaliers may be due to the breed standard favoring large eyes.
- July 2015 - Fortekor Plus -- combination of benazepril and pimobendan -- gets a green light in Europe.
- July 2015 - French researchers find cavaliers highly represented in study of idiopathic labial and facial canine vestibular neuropathy.
- July 2015 - Chinese researchers heal dogs' cataracts with lanosterol.
- July 2015 - Cavaliers were among 14 breeds found overweight in study of Crufts winners.
- July 2015 - Univ. of Minnesota pathologists report more breeds with the CKCS giant platelet disorder.
- July 2015 - Swedish vet student reports the cavalier has a high incidence of kidney disease in Sweden.
- July 2015 - Shocking survey of UK vets on treatment of CKCS in heart failure is very troubling.
- July 2015 -- Spanish study shows anticonvulsants may cause increase in canine pancreas-specific lipase but not acute pancreatitis.
- July 2015 - NEW WEBPAGE: Pyometra in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
- July 2015 - OUR BLOG: Heart failure in the MVD-affected cavalier King Charles spaniel.
- June 2015 - NEW WEBPAGE: Vestibular Disorders and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
- June 2015 - US researchers study microRNAs as possible biomarkers of MVD progression.
- June 2015 - Cardiologist George Kramer competes for Wells Fargo prize for his Tucker valve to prevent backflow through heart valves.
- June 2015 - Danish kennel club continues the cavalier MVD breeding protocol through May 2017.
- June 2015 - US ophthalmologist warns that steroid treatment may worsen corneal dystrophy.
- June 2015 - Mitrex researchers report success and safety of its device with pigs.
- June 2015 - Out-crossing Griffon Bruxellois with Australian terrier reduced Chiari-like malformation and maintained breed standard in second generation.
- June 2015 - US veterinarians prove they remain useful tools of Hill's Pet Nutrition by endorsing it's junk food.
- June 2015 - NEW WEBPAGE: Corneal Ulcers and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
- June 2015 - Researchers emphasize importance of differentiating urine crystals in cavaliers.
- June 2015 - Cardiologist Rebecca Stepien confirms "no proven benefit" to pimobendan at Stage B2 MVD.
- June 2015 - Cavalier displays tremors, facial twitches, and salivation syndromes due to pyrethrin poisoning from insecticides.
- May 2015 - Cavalier overcomes lymphocytic leukemia with stem cell from littermate.
- May 2015 - PennVet researchers reduce plasma NT-proBNP concentration in MVD-dogs in stable heart failure.
- May 2015 - Cardiologists compile echo findings in 126 older cavaliers.
- May 2015 - US researchers find pimobendan made no difference on incidence of arrhythmias of dogs in heart failure, compared to a placebo.
Veterinary specialists have designed breeding guidelines to eliminate early-onset mitral valve disease in cavalier King Charles spaniels.
Rescue a Cavalier!
Over 100 Clinics Listed!
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.
- More: CKCS syringomyelia
- SM breeding protocol
- Research news
- Reduced rate MRI clinic locations
- MRI screening protocol for SM
- Find a neurologist in the USA and Canada
- Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs)
- "Pedigree Dogs Exposed"
- "Pedigree Dogs Exposed - Three Years On"
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.
CHECK OUT THESE ITEMS
- How to Find a Cavalier Breeder in U.S.
- 10 Questions for Cavalier Breeders
- TOP TEN: Breeders Worst Excuses
- Genetic Eye Disorders in CKCS
- SM Healthful Breeding Protocol
- Progressive Deafness in Cavaliers
- Cerebellar Infarcts -- Brain Strokes
- Diabetes Requires Daily Treatment
- Masticatory Muscle Myositis (MMM)
- Fly Catchers: Biting Imaginary Flies
- Cavalier's Knees -- Patellar Luxation
- Cavaliers' Sudden Collapsing Explained
- Dry Eye Syndrome Means Constant Care