Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Study


The cardiology team at the Virginia-
Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine here at Virginia Tech, is looking to
enroll a hundred and twenty healthy Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in a
study of mitral valve disease. Mitral valve disease is a common cardiac
disease in both humans and dogs, but it affects some breeds of dogs more
severely than others and unfortunately Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are prone
to develop an earlier and more severely progressive form of the disease. So, we’re
using a tool called 3D Echocardiography to see if we could try to measure the
hearts of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and figure out why that is. This study is
a team effort on behalf of our whole cardiology research group and it’s led
by Dr. Michele Borgarelli who’s a world-renowned expert in canine mitral
valve disease. For this study we’re looking for healthy Cavalier King
Charles Spaniels.The dogs will come to us every four months for up to three
years and each time they’ll have a quick appointment usually less than an hour,
where we’ll listen to their hearts and do a full echocardiogram, including 3D
echo on them. All the care provided in the study is free and we hope the study
gives owners the tools that they need to keep these dogs healthy and happy for a
long time to come.

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  • Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal like infections/carriers? of owners, human and dog friends🤔 Dog throat testing??

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