Cute Cavalier Cousins

Yatzie and Moët have many cousins! Here Bart's brother's two sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniels that came to visit for the first time. They are not used to coming along with the family, this was their second time out of the house! They did very well and were so curious they went up the stairs to see what the kids were up to. Yatzie and Moët respected that these two cousins were a little unused to the situation and kept a distance.


One of the dogs, Slons, is suffering from Syringomyelia (SM) which causes pain in the skull. Before it was diagnosed the family did not understand why Slons was so unhappy. The thoughtless breeder had not informed them about this common problem within the race. 50% of the Cavaliers suffer from SM. The problem of SM is caused by the fact  that the back half of the cavalier King Charles spaniel's skull typically may be too small to accommodate all of the brain's cerebellum, which may also be too large, and so it squeezes through the foramen magnum – the hole at the back of the skull – partially blocking the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) down the spinal cord. The variable pressure created by the abnormal flow of CSF is believed to create the SM cavities – called syrinx – in the spinal cord. Fortunately the pain can be relieved with medicine and Slons is now a happy dog again!

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