Hearts and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
 
Use the links below to read the latest information about heart problems and how the Cavalier Club is assisting with research into MVD in the Cavalier.

There is a database containing thousands of results that have been correlated over several years of heart testing by individuals and health clinics. From this database the ‘Over 5 Clear Hearts List’ is derived. This database is currently maintained by Lesley Jupp.

Please get your dogs checked on annual basis and send the certificate to Lesley Jupp, Wagtails, Beeson, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2HW, if not automatically sent on from a heart clinic. The researchers need to know age of onset and deterioration. We all know of dogs that have developed heart murmurs relatively young, but have then gone on to live a quality life for many years. The cardiologists also need to have this information.

Historical information on the Cavalier Club activities and Heart problems have been archived - click to be taken to Heart archives.
Heart Testing at the August 2014 Championship Show - Summary results from the testing at the Club’s 2014 August Open Show - More

Heart Testing at the March 2014 Championship Show - Summary results from the testing at the Club’s 2014 Championship Show - More

2013 Clear Hearts List - Cavaliers, aged 5 years and over, with Clear Heart Certificates as at 1st March 2013 - More

Research in Heart Disease – Update on the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Project – An update by Professor Brendan Corcoran into the research being carried out at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh - More

Heart Testing at the March 2013 Championship Show - Summary results from the testing at the Club’s 2013 Championship Show - More

Heart Testing at the August 2012 Open Show - Summary results from the testing at the Club’s 2012 August Open Show - More

Heart Testing at the September 2012 Club Health Clinic - Summary results from the testing at the September 2012 Club Health Clinic - More

MVD Research Update Spring 2012 – An update by Professor Brendan Corcoran into the research being carried out at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh where they have been researching MVD for over 10 years. - More

Research in Heart Disease for 2012 - Simon Swift (Northwest Surgeons) & Anne French (Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies) are to look in more detail at the incidence of heart disease in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels using echocardiography in combination with auscultation. - More

RVC Study Into Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease (DMVD) - The Royal Veterinary College is conducting a study to validate the use of a new ultrasound scoring system to grade the severity of DMVD. - More

Heart Testing at the March 2012 Championship Show - Summary results from the testing at the Club’s 2012 Championship Show - More

Veterinary Cardiovascular Society - The VCS maintains a list of all veterinary surgeons recommended for Auscultation and those qualified for Doppler Echocardiography. Links to the VCS are in our ‘Recommended Vets’ section - Recommended Vets

Opportunities for Heart Testing with a cardiologist: - Details of future Health Clinics can be found in our ‘Special Events’ section - more

Cavaliers King Charles Spaniels and Heart Disease - Where have we been and where are we going? (Presented by Simon Swift at the 2009 AGM) - More

A Guide to the Significance of Heart Murmurs in Cavaliers - What to do next if a murmur has been discovered in your dog - More

Heart Testing Scheme 2006 - Details of the recommended testing regime for cavaliers - More

MVD Breeding Guidelines - Guidance given to breeders wishing to reduce the incidence of MVD in Cavaliers - More

Understanding Mitral Valve Disease by Professor Brendan M Corcoran - March 2009 Report from Prof Corcoran on the latest understanding of MVD - More

2007 Clear Hearts List - Cavaliers, aged 5 years and over, with Clear Heart Certificates as at 1st April 2007 (This list was the last at which the Club accepted Dogs tested by ordinary Veterinary Surgeons) - More

Exciting New Developments In Mitral Valve Research - Latest developments including the LUPA project May 2008 - More

The Role Of The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club - Details of the role of the CKCS Club in Heart Research. Jan. 2010 - More

Mitral Valve Disease in the CKCS - A paper by Anne French on understanding Mitral Valve Disease - More

Flow Murmurs - What they mean - More

Canine Mitral Valve Endocardiosis study - Instructions for Veterinary Surgeons on providing heart tissue to support research - Updated 9th November 2009 - More

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