All About Cavalier Eyes

Cataracts  A cataract is opacity or clouding in the lens of a dog’s eye which may impair a dog’s sight or cause blindness, depending upon the size and location of the cataract. Opacification of the lens obstructs light from passing and being focused on to the retina at the back of the eye resulting in vision

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Episodic Falling

Episodic Falling is a form of muscular hypertonicity.  Muscular hypertonicity is a neurological condition where the muscle tone becomes rigid and unable to relax. Muscular hypertonicity has been reported in other breeds (Scottish Terrier, Norwich Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Wheaton Terrier, Border Terrier, Bichon Frise, Boxer and Springer Spaniel), and a similar condition known

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Dry Eye Curly Coat Syndrome

This condition, scientifically named congenital keratoconjunctivitis sicca and ichtyosiform dermatosis, seems to be unique to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. It should however not be confused with the conventional condition Dry Eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) which afflicts many dogs (purebred or of mixed origin) particularly older dogs nor with other skin issues. Both the dry eye and skin

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Genetic Diversity in Cavaliers

Perhaps one of the most important considerations in sustainable pedigreed dog breeding today is “genetic diversity” which refers to the total number of genetic characteristics in the genetic makeup of a species. Why is genetic diversity important in dog breeds?  As a breed loses genetic diversity it increases its chances of negative breed specific traits

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Estimated Breeding Values

Everything we see or measure from an animal (a dog) is the sum of the genetic predisposition of an animal as well as numerous environmental influences.  For breeding, only the genetic predisposition is important. Our own measurements and the performance of an animal are not enough to accurately predict the genetic predisposition of an animal. 

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General Health Conditions

The following are some more common health issues in dogs, in general and not considered specific to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, nor considered inherited in the breed at this time.  Allergies: like people dogs can have allergies. They can manifest in different ways, some dogs may have skin problems, others may have itchy eyes

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What You Should Know About Lungworm

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,

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Mitral Valve Disease

The heart consists of 4 chambers, 2 atria and 2 ventricles, with the atrioventricular valves ensuring that blood flows from the atria to the ventricles when the heart is beating. Blood is supposed to flow one way with the valves working to ensure this ….  Chronic Valve Disease (CVD) is the leading cause of heart

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