Seeking healthy Cavalier King Charles Spaniels for study

From: Small Animal Clinical Science

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is recruiting healthy Cavalier King Charles Spaniels for a cardiac study.


Eligibility

  • Purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniels between 1 and 5 years of age.
  • Healthy.
  • Dogs with no murmur or mild murmurs (2/6 or less) are eligible.

What is required?

All dogs will have their heart and lungs examined using a stethoscope. Dogs will then undergo 2D and 3D echocardiography. The total time required per dog is expected to be less than one hour. No invasive procedures are involved and no treatment is administered.

You can take a behind the scenes look at the study here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P89uJ4CyZg

Dogs will have follow-up appointments scheduled every four months until mitral valve disease develops, or for the duration of the study period (until 2022).

The owners will learn the degree of the murmur (if any), and whether or not their dog shows any evidence of heart disease.

All appointments must take place at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia.

For more information contact:

Mindy Quigley, Clinical Trials Coordinator, at
mindyq@vt.edu or 540-231-1363.