I didn't know about SM or any other breed related diseases before I got Luka and Atlas and I didn't know better than to ask for SM scans etc. I wouldn't change the way I got them and I wouldn't go back knowing what I know now. I love my dogs and much like children you don't choose what health concerns they get in life.
Originally Posted by robbieswan
I don't think someone who isn't on the internet scouring for all the latest information is a bad owner. This forum is great and I don't mean to offend anyone when I say some of us have other significant aspects of our lives that we simply cannot devote hours to the know it all of all information out there.
I also think it's hard for those of us who have Cavaliers and do things that deviate from the majority in obedience, discipline, health, food to stomach the judgment, which wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't ignorant.
I don't know everything there is to know about Cavalier Health Concerns, does that me a bad dog owner? I don't think so. My dogs are happy and healthy. They have boundaries and every medical need is taken care of. They do not act out and are happy dogs with great lives and when there are health concerns, they are addressed with health care professionals that know about those concerns.
I think there is such a thing as being to prepared and too cautious. If SM is something that is going to scare yo from buying a particular breed of dog then perhaps you shouldn't get a dog to start.