After that programme what a nerve wrecking but necessary visit this morning ,fortunately it was nothing today with either SM or MVD .We had a weeks hols last week in the Wye Valley and just took Rosie so Poppy and Daisy and the cats went to their
respective Kennels/Cattery but over the last few days Daisy has had an upset tummy and 3.00 am bouts of let me out to go to the toilet so a visit to see Mr Marsden was necessary and with a long week-end coming i thought better safe than suffer .So he gave her a thorough all over exam and checked her heart ,so my heart goes straight into my throat, and prescribed some anti -biotics for her tummy ,so i know every future vet visit with any of the girls will now be an ordeal especially with myself being so new to the breed and with all the girls being under Two i am now on a fast learning curve and just hope like everybody else that the future will not be what seems to be the general forecast for this wonderful breed of dog .My vet did mention the BBC programme but advised that in his experience most if not all Cavs after the age of 5 do develop a heart condition but the severity is variable but the incidences of SM are so far in his experience of 30 yrs plus still quite rare but developing .So i suppose all the Cavalier owners who like me are just animal people and keep these wonderful dogs for the pleasure they give so generously can do is keep on reading the forums and take as much advice from Karlin and all the other
expert members that post here .Thinking back to when i bought my first Cav ie Poppy ,the decision was made two years ago this bank holiday after we lost our unique ginger cat Ben ,but being so totally ignorant of all things Cavalier and forum wise i thought i was doing ever so right by checking on the K.C website puppy availability list in hindsight it seems was i oh so wrong to take this approach but not knowing, what should i have done ? and was my route to Cavalier ownership the same path hundreds if not thousands of people have taken past present and future .
I don't think i even knew of the existence of any Cavalier Clubs as such so i was so totally reliant and trusting of the Kennel Club to point me in the right direction and are there ever any prospective owners ever aware of the questions that need to be asked of breeders or to new owners is that just too complicated a thing to do when most just want a cuddly Cav NOW. Thinking back and being a very impetuous person once Dawn had agreed for us to have a Cav I was phoning around that very day and all i was concerned about was what color how much and when can i collect ,if only i had known.
But instead of being so down hearted and uptight my three are all as now fit ,active and super and i wouldn't change anything but next time it will be so different , i also hope that when i do decide to add that it would so wonderful if there was such a thing as a Recommended Data base held somewhere of all available puppies that meet the strict criteria that Karlin and all the other Cavalier breeders /experts advise is so necessary so even basic pet owners like myself would be able to go there and also point any other prospective owners to only view that available puppy list whose parents and grand parents have been vetted to an approved level .
Just another question pls Dawn has just phoned me and said Daisy has just had another bout of diarrhea but this had about 3 tea spoons of blood in it ,just phoned the vet and now the next appointment is Fri pm ,would this be OK or shall i push as an emergency ? and sorry i may have posted in the wrong place.