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Screening for Chiari Malformation/ Syringomyelia (CM/SM) in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Downs referrals offers MR-scanning for CM/SM as part of a scheme run jointly by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and Kennel Club (KC) to screen breeding stock for this all too prevalent and distressing condition.

Should you have clients registered with your practice who breed CKCS (or simply have owners of the breed who have concerns about the condition) it may be worth discussing the benefits of participating in this program, given the increasing awareness of breeders regarding the scheme.

How it Works

MRI of dog affected by Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia

We offer a reduced scanning fee – £260+VAT, with a further discount applicable for clients with multiple dogs.  This includes the cost of anaesthesia, and will produce a limited MRI study which will be submitted for grading and certification by the BVA.  Clients need to be made aware that a veterinary consultation will not be included as part of this fee in order to keep costs down.  Dogs will be admitted by a Registered Veterinary Nurse, but all pre-anaesthesia examinations and scans will be supervised by a veterinary surgeon.  Again, there will be no consultation upon discharge to discuss the findings, prior to receiving the certification from the BVA.

The current fee for BVA grading certificate is £100 incl. VAT., payable by cheque to the BVA at the time of submission of the scans. The Kennel Club will publish the screening results of all KC registered dogs.

Participating dogs must be

  • over 12 months of age,
  • permanently identified; e.g. by way of a microchip.
  • free of any signs of CM/SM or other known anaesthetic risk – they will be required to fill in a consent form pertaining to this.

To receive a certificate (usually takes four weeks), owners will also need to provide proof of ownership, and the dog’s pedigree name with KC registration details.

Please contact us with any additional queries you may have regarding this service.