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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are equally at home in a castle or a condo, the city or the country. Elegant in appearance but energetic and affectionate in nature, they're the perfect compani Your Happy Healthy Pet The authoritative information and advice you need, illustrated throughout with full-color photographs--now revised and redesigned to be even more reader-friendly! Elegant in appearance but energetic and affectionate in nature, they're the perfect companions for families with children, empty nesters, or retirees.
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In the hope of controlling the genetic diseases that already affect the breed and preventing any new ones from emerging, the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, which is the American Kennel Club parent organization for the breed in the United States, participates in a program operated by the Canine Health Information Center CHIC. Cavalier breeders who want CHIC certification must test breeding dogs for eye disease, patellar knee luxation, hip dysplasia and heart disease and agree to have test results published in the CHIC database.
Other conditions you should be aware of that may affect the breed are syringomyelia; an ear condition called primary secretory otitis media; allergies and skin problems; and irritable bowel syndrome. Most of these conditions are suspected or known to be hereditary. Many toy breeds and small dogs, the Cavalier included, have a condition known as luxating patella, in which one or both knees are unstable and occasionally slip out of place.
Depending on the level of severity 1 being mild and 4 being severe , luxating patellas can be a minor issue that cause the dog little problem or pain or serious enough to require surgical correction. Although it is usually a condition affecting larger breeds, Cavaliers can suffer from hip dysplasia, a deformity of the hip socket that can lead to arthritis later in life and sometimes requires expensive surgery to correct. PennHip certification of hips is also accepted. The club also recommends that a CERF exam be performed on all puppies between 8 and 12 weeks of age, with a follow up exam once the dog reaches 12 months of age, annual exams thereafter until age 5, and every other year until age 9.
Cavaliers are susceptible to mitral valve disease MVD , a degenerative condition of the mitral valve of the heart that can lead to heart failure and death.
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All Cavaliers need to be examined once a year by a veterinarian for the presence of a heart murmur that could signal the onset of the condition. A heart murmur is a common condition in older dogs of any breed, but this particular type is known to affect Cavaliers at a very early age, sometimes as young as 2 or 3 years.
There is no treatment for MVD, but dogs sometimes survive years without it ever being a problem and eventually die of some other condition related to old age. If the disease starts to progress, medication can help for a time, affording months or even years of a good quality of life. Be on the lookout for signs of fatigue, reluctance to exercise, coughing, or weakness. It is important that your Cavalier be checked annually by your veterinarian for any heart murmur that could mean the valve is being compromised.
If a murmur is diagnosed, do not panic! MVD can progress rapidly, but also very slowly. As an owner, you need to be aware of any symptoms that might indicate a problem—exercise intolerance, coughing, weakness, or undue fatigue. The symptoms are sometimes easy to miss, but include scratching at the neck or shoulders without actually touching them, crying out in pain, tilting the head and twisting the neck around, and weakness. The condition is diagnosed with an MRI.
Severe cases sometimes can be treated with surgery. Dogs with PSOM may have pain around the head and neck, frequently scratch at the ears, develop hearing loss, or exhibit a head tilt, facial paralysis or other neurological signs. Even though there are no screening tests for these conditions, any good breeder will be willing — eager, in fact — to go over the health histories of your puppy's parents and their close relatives and discuss how prevalent those particular health concerns are in their lines.
Pet insurance for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels costs more than for mixed breed dogs.
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