Syringomyelia (SM) in Dogs: Implication for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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Syringomyelia (SM) in Dogs: Implications for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
What is Syringohydromyelia (SM)?
Note: This article was originally written circa 2000 and while much study of the condition has been done we are little advanced in our knowledge. We still do not know the numbers affected but with more dogs being scanned, particularly breeders’ dogs it does not look like it is affecting a large number of the Cavalier population. There are still very big questions marks as to whether the condition is in fact genetic and if it is, how much environmental factors are to blame. Dogs scanned clear may produce dogs with the condition and dogs scanned and found to have the deformity have produced clear dogs. Much more study is needed in this condition and other health conditions that may affect the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the breed clubs around the world are all helping to fund various research projects. Visit the various National Breed Clubs (see links section) for information and to see what health projects they have undertaken to finance.