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
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
If you have a cavalier that may fit the criteria please think about
If you know someone with an affected dog please pass on this
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