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    I am not sure if you are aware, I was asked to foster a little Blenheim girl Coco (5 years) until another home could be found for her. A couple of
    wonderful people who were more than suitable were willing to take her providing her health was ok.

    After Coco was diagnosed with a grade 4/5 heart murmur, I took her to a Cardiologist. The following has been taken from his report.
    " Coco has advanced degenerative mitral and tricuspid valve disease with marked mitral proplapse"

    The cardiologist said her coughing was due to the left side of her heart being enlarged which is pressing on her trachea (windpipe).
    Her heart strings (chordae tendineae) have also started to rupture, these act as guy ropes that connect the heart muscle to the heart valves. (I think!)


    It would seem that she has had this for approximately three years and the chances are she may go into heart failure in the next 6-12 months.
    I understand at this point she will be put on medication possibly something like vetmedin.

    I have been reading Cavalier Health.org which has an excellent description of MVD http://www.cavalierhealth.org/mitral_valve_disease.htm


    On top of this we have some serious issues with her teeth/gums and mouth. When Coco first came to us she had terrible "dog breath". We
    changed her diet and solved that problem but she has severe gingivitis which has a significant health risk.
    We have added Fragaria (homeopathic strawberry) to her water which will help towards softening the tartar.
    The vet has asked me to monitor her heart rate and sleeping respiritory rate for one week, provding these are ok, we will probably go ahead and
    have the gingivitis treated.

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    It is so unfair that a 5-year-old should have such serious heart problems. Simon Swift (the Cavalier Club's regular cardiologist) occasionally erupts about the state of Cavalier hearts - this disease should/could have been eradicated years ago. I entirely agree with him - Cavaliers shouldn't suffer like this, and Cavalier owners shouldn't have to have the heartbreak of watching their dogs die. Well done, Tania, for taking on Coco.

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    Bless you Tania for taking care of her. CoCo is an absolute beauty and does not deserve this horrible disease, especially at such a young age.

    I started crying as I read the cardioligist report, it could have been written about Sydney. He's almost 12 years old and been on several heart medications for almost a year now.
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    She is beautiful. Coco is lucky she has found you as you will give her the best care she could possibly ask for. You already have enough on your mind with your three; you are amazing to take Coco on.
    I totally agree with Kate, our Cavaliers shouldn’t have to suffer with MVD like this.
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    She's a stunning looking lady isnt she? How tragic that her "insides" arent as beautiful as her outside. At least she will be loved and cared for from now on.
    Well done Tania
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate H View Post
    Simon Swift (the Cavalier Club's regular cardiologist) occasionally erupts about the state of Cavalier hearts - this disease should/could have been eradicated years ago.
    He certainly does and 'erupts' about covers it!

    On a serious note I totally agree with him and with what you say. MVD COULD be so much minimised, and yet remains a massive problem in ALL cavaliers, with vets and cardiologists -- including Simon Swift -- saying they see no difference between typical club rates of MVD and in cavaliers from unknown background, which means one thing: the vast majority of cavalier CLUB breeders still do NOT follow MVD breeding protocols. Those few breeders who do, have much better results -- consistently older dogs, that pass away at a much greater age (unlike the one or two "poster dogs" some breeders highlight, which are not their norm, and they know it).

    The Irish Club does not even hold heart screenings at shows as is the norm around the world to at least try and encourage some breeders to test some dogs.

    I do not get how anyone can breed outside the MVD protocol, directly contribute to this problem being endemic in the breed, and live with themselves.They can hardly never have had a dog suffer through this -- maybe they can just compartmentalise those dogs away and ignore it. The grief at losing any dog is bad enough, but to lose otherwise fit and healthy dogs, especially relatively young dogs, to a BREEDER PREVENTABLE health problem is tragic.

    The fact that this issue endures year after year after year with so little done by breeders or clubs or national KCs is one of dog breeding's biggest scandals. Just holding low cost screenings -- at which most dogs screened are younger dogs more likely to be heart clear -- is not enough at an 'official' level.

    Cardiologist screening of parents should be mandatory to register litters with the KC and to be a member of national breed clubs -- not an option in a breed so devastated by this disease!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate H View Post
    ...Simon Swift (the Cavalier Club's regular cardiologist) occasionally erupts about the state of Cavalier hearts - this disease should/could have been eradicated years ago. ...
    And, as he also points out, early-onset MVD could have been eradicated years ago if all cavalier breeders had begun following the MVD breeding protocol when it was introduced in the UK in 1996 and in the US in 1998.

    http://cavalierhealth.org/mvdprotocol.htm
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    Coco is sensitive to touch, especially in the lumbar region because of this and she also yelped a few times, I took her to Dr. Clare Rusbridge who has confirmed the following:-

    Coco has sligh Scoliosis with a tendancy to hold her head slightly down, she also has pelvice limb ataxia and mild paraparesis (weakness or partial paralysis in her lower limbs)
    We have started Coco on Gabapentin 100mgms twice per day.

    Coco is a lovely little dog, whoever owned her, spoilt her and clearly loved her.


    It really is quite depressing. These poor Cavaliers are now at a crisis point and there seems to be no urgency to breed away from these devastating diseases.
    The breeders should be made to health test, if they don't the Kennel should now refuse registration.
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    It's so sad that this poor wee darling has so much to contend with

    She is such a beautiful girl and is so lucky that she fell into your lives - I know she is already very much loved and treasured, especially for the naughty moments

    PS yes you are right about the chordae tendineae
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