Platelets

Asymptomatic thrombocytopenia and Macrothrombocytosis in the
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel”
By Club Member Dr. Kim Hamer, DVM

Normal blood platelet counts should be between 150-200,000. Dogs will have bleeding abnormalities if their counts are below 40,000. However, Cavaliers may have counts well below 40,000 with no problems..

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Heart

Mitral Valve Disease

There are several types of heart murmurs heard frequently in CKCS. They may be innocent, flow murmurs not suggestive of disease, or pathologic, indicative of genetic, heritable valvular heart disease..

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Eye

Cavaliers, as a breed, do not have a tendency towards debilitating eye diseases. Some of the eye diseases that have been found in Cavaliers:

  • Cataracts / Juvenile Cataracts – surgery available
  • Retinal Dysplasia / Geographic Retinal Dysplasia

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Patellar Luxation

Patellar Luxation in Cavaliers

The patella, or kneecap, is part of the stifle joint (knee). In patellar luxation, the kneecap luxates, or pops out of place, either in a medial or lateral position..

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Brain

Syringomyelia (SM) and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Syringomyelia (SM) is a condition in which fluid-filled cavities develop within the spinal cord near the brain. The most common symptom is scratching on, or in the air near, the shoulder when the dog is excited or walking on a lead..

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Hip dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia  in Cavaliers

Veterinarians and responsible breeders of purebred dogs are well aware that hip dysplasia and other inherited diseases can be controlled by careful, selective breeding programs. They know that breeding hip clear dogs to hip clear females will produce fewer affected offspring than breeding affected dogs together..

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