Neurology Service
Queen Mother Hospital for Animals
Royal Veterinary College
Hawkshead Lane,
North Mymms
Dear Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (CKCS) Owner,

We at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) would like to start a study looking into behaviour of CKCS. We would like to compare behaviour traits of CKCS who have syringomyelia (SM) and CKCS who are not affected by SM.

SM is a neurological disorder, which can affect CKCS. A wide variety of diagnostic tests and medical treatment options are available and are well investigated. However, not much is known about the impact of this disease on your dog and your life. Furthermore, when looking at a disease in an animal, it is also important to consider the general "happiness" in a breed as this might have an impact on how an animal can live with a certain condition.

We hope this information will help other owners caring for dogs with SM as well as veterinary surgeons in communicating issues associated with the disease.

The data collected in this questionnaire will be collated and stored at the London Royal Veterinary School. Your completion of the questionnaire indicates your consent to participate in this study. We would appreciate it if you could include your contact details with this questionnaire, but this is not required if you prefer your answers to remain anonymous. Your contact details will only be used to contact you if we need clarification of the answers to any questions forming part of this questionnaire. If you are willing to leave your contact details with us, then at the end of the study we would be happy to send you a summary of the study results. All data for analysis will be anonymous and untraceable. The anonymous results will be published in a journal.

To complete a questionnaire please type in the following into your internet-browser:

Password: CKCS3

Thank you in advance for your help.

Yours truly,

Lynda Rutherford BVM&S, MRCVS and Holger Volk DVM, PhD, DipECVN, FHEA, MRCVS.
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