Welcome to About Cavalier Health.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a delightful adaptable breed suitable for most situations. Those of us who are owned by this breed are passionate about it; whether pet owner, breeder or exhibitor.
This website is an informational website focusing on the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and its care and health, genetics, breeding, research and any issues surrounding the health and future well-being of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
The Kennel Club in the UK recently rejected a proposal by special interest groups to make mandatory certain health testing for registered purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in that country. The tests specifically were MRIs for Syringomyelia (SM) and heart screening (by auscultation) for Mitral Valve Disease (MVD). In rejecting the proposal they stated:
The Kennel Club can only consider making a health scheme mandatory if the disease and its inheritance are understood.
So your Cavalier is coughing and gagging. You've had him/her to the vet and they've ruled out the usual suspects such as congestive heart disease, kennel cough or something caught it the gullet. Hey that happens particularly in Cavaliers who will eat anything! Your vet is perplexed and you've done virtually every test suggested. So what is it?
Could it be Lungworm? You've heard of heartworm? Meet a cousin - Lungworm! This is a parasite that hangs out in the lungs.