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.
Updated 25th November 2010 at 08:24 PM by Margaret C
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
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
Dr Tom Lewis, a Post Doctoral Quantitative Geneticist gave a presentation on inherited diseases and breeding strategies in Cavaliers.
Concerns in our breed
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
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