20th October 2014, 04:13 PM
Syringomyelia in South African cavaliers is 41%
Syringomyelia in South African cavaliers is 41%.
20th October 2014, 10:06 PM
It's a depressing percentage but fits in with other worldwide research figures. I'm glad this work was done; the more countries surveyed, the better.
In memory: Lucy
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21st October 2014, 05:44 PM
Having lived in South Africa and had a Cavalier in the 1980s, I'm not surprised. Virtually all their stock came originally from the UK and is scattered over a vast area or concentrated in clusters in the bigger cities, so the gene pool is pretty small. I also found - though hopefully this has improved - that when my Cavalier developed demodectic mange veterinary research wasn't very interested in small animal medicine. So I imagine neurologists and access to MRI scanning are few and far between.
Kate, Oliver and Aled