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    Default Please can you help?

    Hello to you all, especially those in the UK,

    The Royal Veterinary College near Hatfield, Herts, is still 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

    ...............................

    Monique Wilkinson BScVN

    Clinical Investigations Nurse

    Royal Veterinary College

    Tel: 01707 666605

    mwilkinson@...

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    Are there enough dogs for the study?

    I wonder if the study could have a US component, as I know of 3 cavaliers here in Ohio that could possibly join. My Geordie had a grade 3 murmur though (but doesn't yet require heart meds).
    Cathy Moon
    India(tri-F) Geordie(blen-M)Chocolate(b&t-F)Charlie(at the bridge)

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    There are still places for dogs. They can't have a separate US component as it is a controlled double blind test at the Vet College in the UK and people need to be able to present at the College. But maybe US researchers would be interested in a similar trial for other medications or an expansion of this trial?
    Karlin
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    In memory: Lucy
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    Good idea, Karlin. I will email the new neurologist at Ohio State University and ask her.
    Cathy Moon
    India(tri-F) Geordie(blen-M)Chocolate(b&t-F)Charlie(at the bridge)

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