Coping with Pet Loss

We all have to deal with the death of a beloved Cavalier at some point whether the owner of a single dog or a breeder with many dogs. It is never easy. We all grieve differently and some more intensely than others. And often our grieving is not understood by others who make comments such

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Supplementing for Hearts

When it comes to dog food there tends to be a “one size fits all” attitude. Yet each breed has their unique problems and diets whether they are complete formula, homemade or raw dog foods, may not include supplements that could be helpful in the prevention or treatment of a breed’s particular problem. This article

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The Fat Cavalier

Face it the average Cavalier loves their food; in fact, many would eat until they imploded given the chance! For a breed with heart issues being overweight could have devastating results.  Recent studies out of both the UK and the USA show that between 40-50% of dogs are overweight, many obese. In the US alone this could

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Thrombocytopenia

Thrombocytopenia is a condition in the blood where there is a reduction of the platelets (thrombocytes) from the norm. Platelets play an important role in blood clotting and so the decrease can mean increased bleeding. Thrombocytopenia can be of a secondary nature which means the result of another condition, eg. Infection, tumor or drug reaction, or of

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Syringomyelia (SM)

Syringomyelia (SM) is a congenital or acquired intraspinal disease. It is a neurological disorder where a cyst or herniation, known as a syrinx, forms within the spinal cord and cause the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to become obstructed and accumulate, causing symptoms which can range in dogs from “air” scratching, pain and limb dysfunction.

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Primary Secretory Otitis Media

Primary Secretory Otitis Media (PSOM) is a condition of the middle ear which becomes plugged with highly viscous mucus and may cause the tympanic membrane to bulge and rupture. It is similar to the condition known as “glue ear” in children.  This is not caused by an infection and the cause is unknown though it

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Patellar Luxation

This condition, also known as luxating patella, or slipped knees, is found in the large majority of smaller breeds and some larger breeds. The canine patella is equivalent to the human knee cap. It is the bony structure that sits in a groove on the femur in front of the stifle and has tendons from the

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Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy is an x-linked recessive, progressive muscle wasting disease seen most commonly in the Golden Retriever but also in other breeds including the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. It is considered inherited with the condition generally seen in males though females may be carriers (females would have to get the affected gene from both parents

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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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