Langford Vets offer a Syringomyelia MRI Screening Clinic for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (CKCS) as part of the British Veterinary Association/Kennel Club Chiari-malformation/ Syringomyelia Scheme which aims to reduce the number of CKCS affected by this disease1. We are actively involved in furthering the understanding of syringomyelia in CKCS in order to improve the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Dogs attending our Syringomyelia Screening Clinic are not required to take part in our research in order to be screened; however if you are interested in your dog participating, your assistance is greatly appreciated.
For more information regarding Syringomyelia Research at Langford Vets, please follow the link below:
Please note: CM-SM Screening Clinic closed May 2016
Healthy entire or neutered CKCS OVER 12 months OLD are eligible for screening at this clinic. It is recommended that dogs used for breeding are scanned at 3 years old and 5 years old. If your dog has a heart murmur, this should be discussed with the clinic prior to the admission appointment.
You and your dog attend an admission appointment to allow your dog to be assessed prior to anaesthesia and paperwork to be completed. Your dog then has an area of fur clipped from his/her leg for an intravenous catheter to be placed and has a general anaesthetic in order for the MRI images to be obtained safely, which takes approximately 30 minutes. Your dog can be collected at an afternoon discharge appointment to allow him/her time to recover from the anaesthetic.
The completed Owner Declaration and Submitting Veterinary Surgeon’s Certificate are submitted with a CD of the MRI scan images to the BVA/KC CM/SM Scheme panel.
Once the MRI scans have been graded by the Scheme’s panel, an owner’s certificate and the CD are returned to the submitting veterinary surgeon to be returned to the owner. A photocopy of the certificate is sent to the submitting veterinary surgeon for their records.
The names and results of KC registered dogs assessed under the CM/SM scheme are published on the Kennel Club website. This information is used to help breeders select the CKCS used for breeding, aiming to reduce the numbers of dogs affected by syringomyelia.
Please see the Langford Vets Anaesthesia department page for information regarding your pet’s anaesthetic.
BVA Health Schemes: http://www.bva.co.uk/Canine-Health-Schemes/CM-SM-Scheme/
BVA/KC CM-SM Scheme Procedure Notes: http://www.bva.co.uk/uploadedFiles/Content/Canine_Health_Schemes/CM_SM_Procedure_Notes(1).pdf
2. Rusbridge C and Jeffery, N (2008). Pathophysiology and treatment of neuropathic pain associated with syringomyelia. The Veterinary Journal. 175 164-172.
3. Parker JE, Knowler SP, et al (2011) Prevalence of asymptomatic syringomyelia in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Veterinary Record 168 (25): 667.
4. Shaw et Al (2012) Increase in Cerebellar Volume in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with Chiari-like malformation and its Role in the Development of Syringomyelia. PLoS ONE 7 (4):e33660.
5. Plessas et Al (2012) Long term Outcome of Cavalier King Charles spaniel dogs with clinical signs associated with Chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia. 10.1136/vr.100449 Veterinary Record.