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    I agree with Margaret,
    Emotionally my Jack having CM has paid a toll on me. Some random examples: not being able to do our morning runs especially in warm weather, seeing him become more symptomatic after playing in the dog park, during stormy weather. I don't take him to get groomed because he can't tolerate it, plus I worry they just won't be gentle enough. Making sure when I leave town that he has someone watching him who is capable of maintaining his med schedule. Likewise, having to make sure I am home to give out medications 4x a day at appropriate intervals or setting up his timed dishes. So having flexibility in your schedule or a second person to help out is important should the dog warrant multiple medications
    I have pet insurance (trupanion) I chose a zero dollar deductible along with hip dysplasia coverage and pay ~$44/month (however that was with Jack enrolled at less than 1 year of age, prior to any symptoms present/documented), I live in NYC. Remember though that doesn't ever cover office visits or routine stuff. Other policies may cover, not sure.

    All that said, I hope I didn't discourage you but if your dog has CM or SM this could be some things your looking at (many are not as severe, many are worse and I don't have any input on MVD at this point) In the end for me, it comes down to the fact that I love Jack to pieces and he is worth every sacrifice
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    I will say it is very hard to watch a love one with SM. Its an emotional rollercoaster but I would not trade the joy and love she brought me for the world. I'm sure its tough anytime you love a dog so much and try to do anything to help them.

    Are you looking at adopting a puppy or older cavalier? If they are a bit older, then you might know more about their health. True, you will not know about history and health test when adopting. I think about that some myself. Do I face those unknowns or research and take time to find a breeder that knows a lot about lines, does all health tests, etc. And know I did my best?

    Its a chance you take and there are no guarantees but I will guarantee that you will fall in love no matter what.

    It would be a shame fo

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    Cost really isn't that bad with insurance..... I pay $34/mo for my youngest & $42/mo ea for the 2 adults. Then they cover 90% except vet visits & routine care (shots, deworming etc.). I have a $0 deductible.

    The hardest part is the emotional roller coaster... taking the good & the bad days. It was very hard to watch a 12 week old pup with sever symptoms (now he is 1 and has been on meds since 6 months) & equally hard to have a neurologist tell you your 4 year old dog had less then a year to live. I know they are both extreme cases & had I spent time looking for a breeder who MRI tests I might not be dealing with it ...at least maybe not so soon... But I wouldn't trade them for the world. Cavaliers really have a way of stealing your heart!

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    I don't mean to say that with the financial aspect made manageable that I'll be coasting by on easy street. I'm just saying that the emotional side is not a deterrent against adopting a cavalier. I don't want to forego a chance to bond with such a beautiful and charming animal because of that potential.

    I'd be adopting one knowing full well that this isn't a faint possibility. I know it will be extremely difficult and draining but this dog would get these inherited illnesses with or without me... at least I'll have had the opportunity to give the cavalier a great life and home and make sure he or she is well taken care of. And I really have plenty of love to give.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taoofjord View Post
    I don't mean to say that with the financial aspect made manageable that I'll be coasting by on easy street. I'm just saying that the emotional side is not a deterrent against adopting a cavalier. I don't want to forego a chance to bond with such a beautiful and charming animal because of that potential.

    I'd be adopting one knowing full well that this isn't a faint possibility. I know it will be extremely difficult and draining but this dog would get these inherited illnesses with or without me... at least I'll have had the opportunity to give the cavalier a great life and home and make sure he or she is well taken care of. And I really have plenty of love to give.
    Love your attitude. You will make a great home!

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    I agree u are wonderful
    Mom of Blondie aka The Monster, my furry daughter and loyal friend!!!!!!!!

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    I agree you will be a wonderful cavie mommy! I respect and applaud how prepared and responsible you are being regarding your future cavalier. Please let us know when/if you get one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taoofjord View Post
    I know it will be extremely difficult and draining but this dog would get these inherited illnesses with or without me... at least I'll have had the opportunity to give the cavalier a great life and home and make sure he or she is well taken care of. And I really have plenty of love to give.
    It is so wonderful that you are taking the time to do the research and understand what it may take! Agreed you would be a fantastic Cavalier owner! Wish more future Cavalier owners were this way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovecavaliers View Post
    I agree you will be a wonderful cavie mommy! I respect and applaud how prepared and responsible you are being regarding your future cavalier. Please let us know when/if you get one.
    Daddy, actually.

    And I'd like to thank all of you for being so warm and helpful. It's communities like these that make positive changes happen.

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    Props to you!!!! Any cavalier that finds you will be lucky. Keep us updated!
    Mom of Blondie aka The Monster, my furry daughter and loyal friend!!!!!!!!

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