Health

Regular veterinary care is very important to your dog’s health and longevity. We can’t emphasize enough the importance of a respectful and trusting relationship with your vet. Veterinarians are trained professionals, and they are human. They can vary greatly in approach, education, and experience. It’s worth your effort to find a vet whose opinion you trust and respect.

There are a wide variety of approaches, treatments, and therapies available now in veterinary medicine. Which you pursue and use for your dog is entirely up to you. We urge you, however, to be sure that you are working with someone who is trained in what they are practicing. All alternative therapies have certification or licensing guidelines. Make sure that the practitioner you choose has met them and has some successful experience.

Appropriate vaccination is a part of regular veterinary care. This topic spurs intense debate among veterinarians, breeders, and pet owners alike. It is important that you educate yourself with factual, scientific information and make choices regarding vaccination that are appropriate for your individual dog, your lifestyle, and your geographic location. The website of the American Animal Hospital Association is one place to start in researching appropriate vaccination protocols.

Obviously, good nutrition is vital to overall good health. How to accomplish feeding a nutritious diet is another topic sure to trigger hot debate among anyone who cares for dogs. Again the bottom line is that you must educate yourself so that you can make appropriate choices for your dog, his/her special needs, and your lifestyle. Our thoughts and experiences related to canine nutrition are explained on our nutrition page.

Cavaliers are genetically pre-disposed to several serious conditions, including, but not limited to, Mitral Valve Disease, Hip Dysplasia, Retinal Dysplasia, Luxating Patellae, Syringomyelia and Episodic Falling Syndrome.  We strongly suggest that you familiarize yourself with these disorders prior to deciding a Cavalier is the right dog for your family. Good places to start reading about these conditions are the websites of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, USA and the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club. Many veterinarians are an excellent source of information. Internet searches will also turn up some good information, though as with everything on the web, you must consider carefully the source.  There are recommended screenings for some of these conditions and even genetic tests for Episodic Falling and Curly Coat/Dry Eye Syndrome.