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

From: user 8.
Sent on: Saturday, January 28, 2012 8:16 PM
Dr. Sonya Gordon (Texas A& M vet school) is conducting a medical trial on dogs with mitral valve disease. All test and medications included. Contact person is Kathy glaze. 

Sheila <[address removed]> wrote:

>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 (_sscavaliers@@aol.c­om_ (mailto:sscavaliers@­@aol.com) 
>) 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.
> 
>Thanks,
>Pam and Madison
>
>
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>
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