8th December 2009, 05:12 PM
Kloey I am so sorry for you and your loss of Ollie, he was so lucky to have you.
I fully support your efforts to raise awareness of this terrible condition. Here low cost MRI scans are available so we are very lucky, but still there is no knowledge of this problem with vets and that makes diagnosis so slow, leaving months or even years of suffering when something could be done to help.
Good luck and please do keep us posted on how you get on.
8th December 2009, 05:40 PM
I am so sorry for your loss.
I hope you can take some very small comfort from the recent press release from the Dog Breeding Stakeholder Group in the UK which has signed up to three overarching welfare principles:
This is the point we have reached in the UK. On 10 December 'Pedigree Dogs Exposed' will be broadcast in the US. Let's hope the impact in the US will result in similar progress towards protecting dogs and their owners from the suffering caused by genetic diseases.
- every dog should be born with the best possible chance of living a healthy and happy life, well suited to its intended lifestyle
- all those who breed dogs should prioritise health, welfare and temperament over appearance when choosing which animals to breed, in order to protect the welfare of both the parents and offspring
- all those who benefit from dogs have a collective responsibilty to work together to protect dog welfare
8th December 2009, 05:55 PM
Thanks for all your support
Again thanks. It's so wonderful to hear Cav owners want to talk about and learn more about SM and hopefully ways we can work to make screening and awareness of symptoms more available. I have been contacted by some caring breeders who not only want more information but want to help get low cost screening available in their areas so they can have their breeding lines tested for SM and PSOM. It's a start and all we can take is baby steps. I am willing to continue working for as long as it takes to make sure Cavaliers become a healthy breed. This is the only way we can ever achieve that as it is known that SM gets worse with each generation of effected dogs. That means that if the bitch or stud are effected with a level 2 or 3 MRI scan the chance that at leat one or more of their pups will be positive for SM and show symptoms of herniation causing noticible symptoms grows higher and higher. It will have to be stopped at the breeding level and will take generations of scanned dogs, and most importantly the refusal of breeders to breed their effected dogs, for this disease to become a rariety instead of a possibility. Hopefully I will be able to meet with the neurologists at the University of Gainsville FL to talk about setting aside a few days four times a year for reduced cost MRI for Cavaliers and breeders of Cavaliers. The Long Island Veterinary Specialists at Plainview NY, Dr Marino, does already have a full battery of tests for dogs referred by their vets showing symptoms of possible SM and for breeders of healthy Cavaliers who want to have their stock scanned. The cost is just $500 including anestesia per dog which I feel is reasonable. They are especially interested in the dogs lineage so if you have it make sure you bring it as this helps with the studies being done on the gene pool. If you are interested in going there the number to call is Maggie Byrnes, 516-501-1700 ext 324. This is where I took Ollie and they were wonderful. After screening they talk with you regarding the findings and give you options from meds to surgery.They also offer free testing 6 months after surgery and a year after surgery if you are able to get your dog there. There is a dog friendly hotel within five minutes of the hospital that charges appros $144.00 a night. The Residence Inn Plainview, NY. This is a start. If you are close enough by car then this is the place to go. I was able to fly Ollie there as he was a licensed therapy and service dog and he flew free on my lap with Southwest Airlines. There is hope and I will work very hard to find other places willing to do this service for this reduced cost or less. The more dogs we can get scheduled to be screened the cheeper the cost will be as the machines are expensive and the more they are used the less the cost should be. I will continue to keep you all informed. Thanks for your support. And, if you got your dog from a breeder please please call the breeder, tell them about your dog especially if you have a positive test result to share. They may not want to listen but maybe, just maybe they will and want to take part in having their breeding dogs screened. It's up to all of us to do our part. The documentary,Pedigree dogs exposed is being aired in the US on the 9 or 10th of this month. It will be hard to watch but I think important for breeders and owners/potential owners of any purbred especially KCC.
Karen "AKA Kloey"
8th December 2009, 05:58 PM
Do you know what time and which channel will be broadcasting the Pedigree dogs exposed documentary? I am going to purchase the DVD, which is available for $12.95 but would like to see it and let everyone on this board know when to tune in.
8th December 2009, 07:24 PM
'Pedigree dogs Exposed'
Thursday December 10, 8.00pm (ET)
8th December 2009, 07:50 PM
For The Love Of Ollie
I highly recommend you all purchase a copy of " For The Love Of Ollie" written by Sandy Smith. The proceeds go towards study of SM and low cost MRI but even more importantly the book is a wonderful insight into this terrible illness and what to look for etc. The link is on the reply a few threads down.Karen
9th December 2009, 12:07 AM
Update on Pedigree Dog Exposed
The program will be aired on Wednesday Dec 9th on the Today Show 7:30 AM. If you can't watch just google BBC Pedigree Dogs Exposed and Wikipedia and it will come up on your computer and you will have the ability to view the entire program on line. It's hard to watch but it is informative expecially for anyone looking to purchase a cavalier and all breeders. Karen
9th December 2009, 12:12 AM
Carol, It is being aired in the US on Wednesday Dec 9th on the today show at 7:30 AM. It can be seen by googling Pedigree Dogs Exposed and wikipedia comes up and you can view the entire show on your computer. I did and it was really hard to watch but certainly is a must. I want another cavalier but Im petrified about buying one as I do not know how to go about it with all the problems. Seems getting one is a crap shoot. About all you can do is make sure the breeder is hones and upfront about the MVD and SM and has a return policy for three years for either. It's hard to say you will give up your dog after three years but if I get another I wil have it MRI's in NY when it is about a 1 1/2 even if it shows no symptems. earlier if it shows symptoms as Ollie did. He exhibited symptoms that I now know to look for when he was just 6 or 8 months even earlier.
9th December 2009, 12:37 AM
Karen, the show itself is not being aired then -- it is being discussed on the Today Show tomorrow at 7:30 am in advance of the full documentary's broadcast on BBC America, 8pm ET/PT, 7pm CT, Thursday night.
Also: Carol is the Carol Fowler in the documentary (and Margaret C is the Margaret with the Cavalier Club, also in the documentary).
In memory: Lucy
9th December 2009, 10:05 AM
Lost my Love to SM
Could I just chime in to say what a Debt of Gratitude is owed by the Cavalier World, to Carol,Margaret, Karlin , and Jemima Harrison.
If it had'nt been for those Four Ladies, the Health of our Cavalier Breed would never have had any notice taken about it..