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  1. The Cavalier Collection Scheme is changing. UK Owners, please read.

    This is a blog on what can be a sensitive and very emotive subject for the owner of a much loved dog.

    It is in the nature of all of us to avoid thinking about situations that will hurt and grieve us, but I hope that UK cavalier owners will just take a little time to read this.

    Cavaliers as a breed have a great many health problems, and researchers and responsible breeders are struggling to give puppies that are yet to be born the chance of a pain free future.
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    Updated 25th November 2010 at 08:24 PM by Margaret C

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  2. The Cavalier Club Health Day. Part 4, Foetal Tissue Research

    Dr Imelda McGonnell, Senior Lecturer in Anatomy and Developmental Biology, gave a fascinating presentation entitled " Analysis of Occipital Bone Development in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels."

    I have written as best I can what I understood of her talk, but remember that I am not a vet so please do not take anything in these blogs as gospel.

    Imelda posed the question " How do you generate changes in the skull"

    The occipital skull is ...
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  3. The Cavalier Club Health Day. Part 3, Syringomyelia

    I started this blog once, tried to save it to draft and messed up. So here is the second attempt.

    One of the reasons for my difficulty was that although I found the next two talks interesting, and all three SM presentations fitted so well together, I took few notes at the start of the afternoon.

    Imaging versus the clinic

    Colin Driver is a Resident in Neurology at RVC.

    His presentation was about what was shown on imaging and how that related ...
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  4. The Cavalier Club Health Day. Part 2, Inherited conditions and breeding strategies.

    Dr Tom Lewis, a Post Doctoral Quantitative Geneticist gave a presentation on inherited diseases and breeding strategies in Cavaliers.

    Concerns in our breed

    1. MVD
    2. CMSM
    3. Single gene disorders (Dry eye/curly coat, episodic falling )
    4. Future viability of the breed.

    Mate Select will use:

    i. EBVs of disease
    ii. DNA test results
    iii. Coefficients of Inbreeding / kinship

    Key benefits of EBVs ...
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  5. The Cavalier Club Health Day. Part 1, Hearts

    First I would like to congratulate the Cavalier Club on organising a series of presentations by experts that were knowledgeable and able to explain their subjects in a clear and understandable manner.

    Like most attendees my note taking could not keep up with the flow of talk, and I cannot read half of the disjointed sentences I scribbled down, but until the Abstracts are available on the Cavalier Club website, this may be the best you will get.

    I will put my notes up ...

    Updated 25th November 2010 at 12:53 PM by Margaret C

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