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- Address: Kilmeaden, Waterford
- City / Town: Waterford
- County: Waterford
- Listed: November 17, 2019 10:29 am
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels buyers should read this carefully so that when they purchase a puppy it should have all the health screening done as they are a minefield of hereditary genetic problems. Breeders tend to pull the wool over the buyers eyes and tell them that parents are heart tested and thats all that has to be done. The following are the tests that should be done….Heart of course for any murmurs which will later almost always lead to Mitral Valve Disease. Eyes should have clearance from Opthomologist for Hereditary Cataracts and multifocal Retinal Dysplasia. Also there should be DNA tests done for Dry Eye Curly Coat and Episodic Syndrome. I also have my stud dog hip scored which is not a serious problem in Cavaliers but still it does occur. Also Luxating Patellers which is in layman terms is slipping knee caps found in most breeds and can be surgically corrected and will not cause a dog to be euthanised. As for the DNA tests they are an absolute must because they are so serious. Episodic Syndrome is a neurological condition seems to be unique to CKCS. It is recessive hereditary often mistaken for seizures. Dry Eye is a painful condition and can lead to deep ulcers , blindness and often loss of eyes . Curly Coat is a severe congenital condition of the skin and coat. The actual tests are simply mouth swabs sent to a Laboratory in the U.K. with the results a week later. Reliable genetic testing is a must for this breed to eliminate hereditary genetic defects from all CKCS bloodlines. I hope this helps CKCS puppy buyers to be more careful about what puppies they bring into their homes which could in the long run cost them thousands of dollars/euro whatever currency and in the end for the good of the cavalier in question which would have to be euthanised which is the worst possible situtation as it effects everybody.
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