Teagol is nearly two years old now. She was Cardiologist heart checked on Tuesday with an in depth check using a Doppler echocardiography. I was allowed to stay with her and watch the scan, which was very interesting. It did feel almost like self harming, as I don't have to do this in depth an examination (I will write a full report on my visit to the HeartVets along with a roundup of the year and what's next soon), but it has been found now that some (enough that it is a worry) dogs prolapsing of the valve (the beginning of MVD) can start way before any sound (murmur) is heard, and is probably why this disease has got so bad in this breed, with just using auscultation examinations with breeding health schemes. Scanning the hearts of breeding stock in the Cavalier should be a must, now we have this knowledge, but yet the breed club and The Kennel Club (KC) are still dragging their feet in making the Heart Scheme for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels mandatory. On the assured scheme with the KC the only tests you have to only do still are an eye test and two DNA tests. The assured scheme gives you no assurance with Cavaliers, with only recommending checking of hearts, it should be called, "The Potluck scheme for Cavaliers." If you claim to be 'dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs.' Be true to your words KC, make The Kennel Club Heart Scheme for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels mandatory for all Cavaliers being registered with you. You would save a lot of heartache for Cavaliers and their future families. Teagol's heart at nearly two years old, was found to be not showing any signs of disease, thankfully!
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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