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.
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- September 2015 - Belgian researchers find the pulmonary-vein-to-pulmonary-artery ratio increases with severity of MVD.
- September 2015 - Swedish researchers find echocardiographic variables that can identify pulmonary hypertension in dogs with MVD.
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- 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.
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- August 2015 - US researchers determine that only computed tomography (CT) can reliably detect non-bulging PSOM in cavaliers.
Veterinary specialists have designed breeding guidelines to eliminate early-onset mitral valve disease in cavalier King Charles spaniels.
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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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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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