The Future

Cavaliers are such wonderful dogs they deserve a future free from pain.

The Experts say it should be possible to breed away from SM and MVD if the guidelines are properly followed. That is why no responsible breeder should be breeding young untested cavaliers.

There are different research projects that are attempting to help understand the diseases:-

The Genome Research in Canada is where they are looking for the genes that cause SM. Heart researchers in Edinburgh are studying MVD. Pancreatic disease is being studied at Cambridge and the Foetal Tissue Research project is studying the abnormal development of skulls and brain in stillborn puppies.

There are schemes to provide funding and research information. These include:-

Ruperts Fund which is run by pet owners and raises money to scan older Cavaliers for SM research.

The Cavalier Collection Scheme pays for post-mortem and cell tissue donation to help heart, pancreatic disease and SM research.

Friends of Lola supports all breeds of dog with a diagnosis of SM and CM. 

A book about one brave little Cavalier with SM For The Love Of Ollie has raised a lot of money for the important DNA research. 

 Friendly sites where cavalier owners can get information and advice:-

There is a supportive chat forum where Cavalier owners from all over the world can talk to each other.   

CavalierMatters Charity has an easy to read and humorous website with a link to an Internet Shop that sells appealing Cavalier articles.

For those interested in the attempts to improve the health of our best friends:-

A very comprehensive website by Carol Fowler, a dedicated health campaigner and owner of SM Cavaliers.

A more general dog blog by Pedigree Dog Exposed Producer, Jemima Harrison.

An independent Advisory Council to provide advice regarding the welfare issues of dog breeding.

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