Thank you for highlighting the important contribution these little bodies make to the SM research.
A recent post has made me realise that it is a little known fact that even a cavalier that is known to have SM, because it has been confirmed by MRI, is unlikely to have an identifiable syrinx when the spinal cord was examined after death.
This is one of the problems identified when we first started looking for dogs to go into Professor Jeffery's spinal cord study, and why usually only MRI confirmed dogs can be accepted for SM research.
A syrinx will collapse very soon after death and so does not easily show on post-mortem.
( I believe that to diagnose syringomyelia after death, spinal cord tissue has to go through a fairly lengthy process of staining & examination under a microscope.)
This does not mean that unscanned cavaliers are not able to help cavalier health research. There are two other specialists that need tissue samples.
MVD is still the leading cause of death in cavaliers, and pancreatic & liver problems affect significant numbers of our pets, so all cavaliers of all ages are gratefully accepted on the Scheme.
Cavaliers......Tommy Tuppence 2000-2012 and a half share of Faith.
Japanese Chins.... Dandy, Benny, Bridgette, Hana & Escapologist Fonzi .