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Margaret C
15th March 2008, 12:32 AM
Hello to you all, especially those in the UK,

Apologies for posting this to a general discussion group ( I'm also putting it on the SM section) but I want to reach those who may not have a SM affected cavalier themselves, but who knows someone who has.

The Royal Veterinary College near Hatfield, Herts, is looking for SM
affected cavaliers to take part in a trial to produce a licensed
painkiller for dogs with neuropathic pain.

As someone with two mildly affected dogs who are increasingly needing
metacam & rimadyl to control their discomfort, I would like to think
there will be an effective licenced painkiller for them, & the many
other cavaliers that are going to be troubled with SM symptoms in the
years to come. Hence this email.

I know that for many people the distance to travel will be a problem,
but if we do not put ourselves out a little to help the researchers,
and our dogs, then who will?

I live close to the RVC and would gladly help all I can. There is
always a bed for the night, and a chinese take-away, for anyone that
needs it.

The dogs that fit the criteria will get a free neurological
examination at the RVC &, if judged suitable for the trial, they will
then be given a free MRI scan of head, neck, & back to confirm their
symptoms are due to SM & to show to what extent they are affected.
I understand a voucher towards cost of veterinary treatment is also
given as a thank you after the trial.

The dogs need to be between one & ten years with no other health
problems, and although they will accept a dog with a slight murmur,
the cavalier should not be needing any treatment for MVD.

The trial needs forty cavaliers, & as you can imagine many otherwise
suitable cavaliers cannot be included because of a pre-existing heart
condition

If you have a cavalier that may fit the criteria please think about
helping.
If you know someone with an affected dog please pass on this
information.

For more details contact Monique Wilkinson at the RVC ( details
below ) or ring me on 01707 262035.

Many thanks, Margaret C

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Monique Wilkinson BScVN

Clinical Investigations Nurse

Royal Veterinary College

Tel: 01707 666605

mwilkinson@rvc.ac.uk