Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Study
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The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech is seeking healthy Cavalier King Charles Spaniels for a long-term study using specialized software and 3D echocardiogram to try to predict future onset and severity of mitral valve disease.
[00:00:00] >> The cardiology team at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine here at Virginia Tech is looking to enroll 120 healthy Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in a study of mitral valve disease. Now, mitral valve disease is a common cardiac disease in both humans and in dogs, but it affects some breeds of dogs more severely than others, and unfortunately Cavalier King Charles are prone to develop an earlier and more severely progressive form of the disease. [00:00:30] So, we're using a tool called 3D Echocardiography to see if we can 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. [00:00:50] For this study, we're looking for healthy Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. The dogs will come to us every 4 months for up to 3 years and each time they will have a quick appointment usually less than an hour, where we will listen to their hearts and do a full echocardiogram, including 3D echo on them. [00:01:07] All the care provided in the study is free. And we hope this study gives owners the tools that they need, to keep these dogs healthy and happy for a long time to come.