A panel of leading veterinary cardiologists (Atkins, Bonagura, Ettinger, Fox, Gordon, Haggstrom, Hamlin, Keene, Luis-Fuentes, and Stepien) have just published a Consensus Statement on "Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Canine Chronic Valvular Heart Disease." It discusses classifying the degree of progression of MVD -- Stages A, B1, B2, C, and D -- and the types of treatment recommended for each stage.
In the report, Cavaliers are singled out for special attention. For example, every CKCS which does not have an MVD murmur is in the Stage A classification.
The Guidelines are summarized at http://cavalierhealth.org/mitral_val...nsus_Statement (or http://tinyurl.com/ycexlj9 for short)
and a pdf of the report is available, for a short time only, at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/c...04679/PDFSTART