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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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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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- Mitral valve disease breeding protocol
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►Univ. of Glasgow thesis reports MRI noise causes hearing loss and reduced cochlear function in dogs; recommends ear protection.
►Swedish cardiologists find that pimobendan tops benazepril in reducing heart rate and heart size in cavaliers in CHF.
►North Ireland Cavalier Club cardiac seminar video, presented by Alistar Gibson, veterinary heart surgeon. Click here for Part 1. Click here for Part 2.
►New study of the causes of pain and discomfort suffered by cavalier King Charles spaniels with CM and/or SM.
►QUEST Study shows pimobendan slowed progress of congestive heart failure, slowed increase in heart size, maintained higher body temperature, and lessened fluid retention, compared to benazepril.
►UK researchers' survey finds that chronic otitis media may be associated with higher grades of hearing loss.
►Seminar on Chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia, featuring Dr. Clare Rusbridge, November 17, 2013 at Chievely, UK.
►German dissertation reports that cavaliers' cranial base growth plates close very early at 5th month.
►UK researchers suggest CM causes reduced craniospinal compliance, resulting in pressure changes causing SM.
►Neurologist Tom Schubert discusses Chiari-like malformation/syringomyelia surgery techniques -- a podcast.
Veterinary specialists have designed breeding guidelines to eliminate early-onset mitral valve disease in cavalier King Charles spaniels.
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