View Poll Results: How many Dogs on here suffer From SM ?

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Thread: How many Cavs on here have SM

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    Default How many Cavs on here have SM

    Just wondered if we could start a Poll ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by silki View Post
    Just wondered if we could start a Poll ?
    Just go to the MVD & SM section and have a good read. Don't want to put you of buying a Cavalier but would like to make double sure you are going to get a puppy from a Proper health testing breeder. (Just been reading your other post about finding a breeder) even if you have to wait a while ( what most people don't want and they get fed up waiting) for a puppy reading the SM & MVD section hopefully will convince you to wait if you have to.

    I have got 3 Cavaliers one has SM , MVD, Luxating Patella and degenerated discs. My other one has SM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silki View Post
    Just wondered if we could start a Poll ?
    We could have a poll but it would not mean a lot as it would all depend on who is around to read the thread and whether they wanted to post about their SM dogs.

    If you are trying to get an idea as to how widespread this is in the breed take a look at Rod Russell's website http://www.cavalierhealth.org/syringomyelia.htm
    You will see that in a June 2011 study of 555 cavaliers without any symptoms of syringomyelia, 25% of the one year old dogs had SM and 70% of the dogs aged 6 years and older had SM.
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    Can I just say something here? I sympathize greatly w/ all of those on the forum that have Cavaliers w/ health problems.
    But ( and I may be wrong).. I think what you really want to know SILKI is buying a Cavalier pup worth all the health risks??
    Just my humble opinion ( and I would hope most of us on here would say as well ) the answer is ...> yes.
    We love this breed or we wouldn't be here talking about it. As much as the statistics state...there are always be exception. A diagnosis of MVD is not necessarily a death sentence. ( I have Mitral valve prolapse myself!!)
    Many dogs live long lives w/ a heart murmur and many do not need medication.
    As far as SM....I am no expert. But I know w/ anything..there are various degrees of severity. Some Cav's. may have mild cases all their lives....some not.
    AND....and I may get shot down for saying this...but whether you spend a TON of money on what you "think" is a reputable breeder..there are still "no" guarantees. Get Pet insurance..or put $ away just to be wise ( in case you DO run into health problems). I would say that about ANY breed though.
    Don't dwell on the negatives my theory. You search your heart. Do you want a Cavalier? Then buy a cavalier.
    You won't regret a minute of it .
    These little bundles of fur have fantastic temperments. Their personalities are so unbelieveably sweet you will fall in love immediately.
    We have owned many dogs throughout the years. Various breeds. Sadly..almost all have passed away from cancer.
    As heartbreaking as it is to lose a pet we love...has that deterred me from wanting to own another dog?..not at all.
    We LOVE the time we have w/ them. It is no different than us as humans. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow.
    I guess I am saying...we deal w/ risks no matter what.
    Ok..that's my 2 cents worth. ~ hugs~
    *Diane ~ Mom to~
    Wrigley ( Cavalier) Zeb ( Labrador) & Jake ( Labradoodle)

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    The poll isn't going to be very accurate - I have 2 dogs with SM but wasn't allowed to vote twice!

    No dog of any breed or none comes with a health or lifetime guarantee. You can get a tough mongrel who has enough terrier in it to dig under the fence and get run over. Many breeds die younger than they should of cancer - just like many humans. You can only do your best to minimise the risks you know about - health checks for Cavaliers, and wire netting sunk into the ground below the fence for that mongrel terrier!

    Kate, Oliver and Aled

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate H View Post
    The poll isn't going to be very accurate - I have 2 dogs with SM but wasn't allowed to vote twice!

    No dog of any breed or none comes with a health or lifetime guarantee. You can get a tough mongrel who has enough terrier in it to dig under the fence and get run over. Many breeds die younger than they should of cancer - just like many humans. You can only do your best to minimise the risks you know about - health checks for Cavaliers, and wire netting sunk into the ground below the fence for that mongrel terrier!

    Kate, Oliver and Aled

    ...Thank you Kate !!
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    Wrigley ( Cavalier) Zeb ( Labrador) & Jake ( Labradoodle)

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    I also think the results could be skewed depending on the dog's age. Sonny currently hasn't been diagnosed with SM, but he is only 1. I truly hope he never faces this devastating disease, but the odds are not in his favor.

    With that being said, I wouldn't trade Sonny for any other dog. He is the sweetest, smartest, funniest, most loyal dog ever! I recommend getting health insurance if you do get a Cavalier or any dog for that matter that way you can be prepared to take care of your furry friend no matter what comes up.

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