|Pencil Drawing courtesy of Art Sweet.
As a Blogger I receive daily emails asking me to help support one cause or another. I share as many as I feel are relevant and appropriate with all of you. It is interesting that I have never been approached by anyone to do health awareness events. I know that doing any genetic disease awareness event will make me very unpopular with some people but the more people that are aware of genetic diseases in any dog purebred, designer dogs, or mutts the healthier our dogs will be.
I have decided to tackle Syringomyelia (SM/CM) one of the most devastating diseases to the Cavalier breed. Syringomyelia (SM) is an extremely serious condition in which fluid-filled cavities develop within the spinal cord near the brain. It is also known as “neck scratcher’s disease”, because one of its common signs is scratching in the air near the neck. While the Cavalier is the breed most effected (or maybe its just that we admit it and testing has begun) other small breeds are effected as well.
The event will take place January 23 – 30th and I will be posting all the information I can get my hands on in order to help spread awareness. As a Blogger it is my responsibility tp make people aware of what is going on. Genetic diseases are something that no one wants to take on so I will but I need help. That is where you all come in. I am looking for:
- Breeders who are currently doing MRI testing that would like to write a Guest Post
- Owners who have dogs affected by the disease no matter what breed they are who would like to share their dog’s story
- Veterinarians (neurologists mainly)
- Bloggers who would like to cross post the event on their blog to help spread awareness even further
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If you would like to participate please email us email@example.com and let us know how you would like to help.
Our February Awareness event will be Mitral Valve Disease (MVD) quite fitting for the month of February.