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Re: [cavalierspaniel-54] Heart Medication and any interest in getting the Car...

From: Sheila
Sent on: Saturday, January 28, 2012 7:23 PM
Dr. Katie Meier, Board Certified Cardiologist, has offered before to do a seminar explaining Mitral Valve Prolapse and its progression in Cavaliers.  She would also be willing at the end of the seminar to do a "low cost exam" of those who want their Cavaliers checked by her.  We would need enough members to sign up in advance of the seminar to make it worth her while.  Dr. Meier practices out of the Capital Area Veterinary Specialists at 7958 Shoal Creek Blvd, which is central for almost everyone.
At the Cavalier Club shows and Fun Matches, we generally have a "low-cost cardio clinic" with exams.  These exams are having the cardiologist doing an auscultation (listening to the heart for a murmur and the grade of the murmur).  Any advanced tests such as sonograms, radiographs, etc. would need to be followed up privately at a scheduled appointment. 
After having Cavaliers since '96 and dealing with MVD, I can tell you that the meds they use today to treat the disease are extending the quality and length of the life in these dogs.  Vetmedin is a wonderful drug, and while it is expensive, it does extend the life substantially.  The Vet School at A&M has been using this medication long before it was allowed in the US and they generally do not begin a dog on it until it reaches a Grade 3-4 or more murmur. 
If there are enough people who would like to do this clinic, why don't you let me know privately ( and we can ask David Frager if he will set it up as a "meet up" event.  99% of Cavaliers will develop MVD and it's important for you to recognize the symptoms and see a specialists. 
Sheila Simmons
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club Rescue USA, Inc. - TX
In a message dated 1/28/2012 3:50:22 P.M. Central Standard Time, [address removed] writes:
Hello All~
My 5 1/2 year old Madison was recommended to start heart meds by my vet the med is (Vetmedin).  She was diagnosed with a grade 2 heart murmur .   I was wondering if there was any interest in getting either Dr. Jones or Dr. Meier (the two cardio vets) in Austin to one of our meet ups.
Pam and Madison

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