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Thread: Are Smaller Adults More Likely to Get SM?

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    Default Are Smaller Adults More Likely to Get SM?

    My Toby is now 14 months, and he is very very small, Only about 10-12 inches tall at the shoulder and only weighs about 12 lbs. I have been thinking that if the small head structure is the cause of SM, then are smaller dogs more likely to get it?
    Incredibly proud mom to Toby, my baby, and the amazing 8 year old Max who has found his forever home.

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    Note the Rusbridge newsletter just posted -- they are not getting any correlation on head shapes and SM so far but research is ongoing.

    So the answer right now is -- no one really knows. Large and small do become symptomatic. researchers say their samples would indicate that probably at least 50% of all cavaliers actually have SM -- it has been up to 70% in some samples -- so the chances seem strong that any cavalier may have syrinxes/SM; it is just that most seem to not have symptoms. An MRI is the only way to assess a dog's SM status, unfortunately, as they are expensive in most places.
    Karlin
    Cavaliers: Jaspar Lily Tansy Libby Mindy
    In memory: Lucy Leo
    Cavalier SM Information site:www.smcavaliers.com

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