Roundworms can be contracted in many different ways,
frequently from a mother to her unborn puppy. Because there are so many
ways for your dog to be infected with roundworms, they
are very easy to spread. It is essential to keep your dog’s living
area clean and prevent them from eating wild animals.
The name “hookworm” is derived from the hook-like mouth-parts these parasites use to anchor themselves on the lining of the intestinal wall. Puppies should be treated for hookworm at 2,4,6 and 8 weeks of age due to the high rate of hookworm infection in newborn puppies.
researchers maintain that virtually all dogs and cats have been
with the organism at one time or another during their life. Most
coccidial infections are harmless,cause minimal symptoms and are
eliminated by normal body defense mechanisms. Many puppies are never
affected by this protozoa. About 60% of all puppies
have coccidia parasite in their digestive systems. Any stress (such as when a
puppy leaves its
littermates for a new home) can cause the coccidia to
flourish, and this can lead to diarrhea. We treat puppies before
placement in new homes if we see any signs of Coccidia but some do not
Your puppy will receive a vaccination for Distemper, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Coronavirus, and Adenovirus Type 2 before going into their new home. You will need to schedule an appointment with your vet to continue their shot protocol as these vaccinations will continue and are generally given every three weeks. It is not the number of vaccinations which is important, it is the age of the puppy at the last vaccination. The last Distemper must be given at 15-16 weeks, the last Parvo at 18-20 weeks. Rabies can be given any time after 12 weeks. That is why we your vet will need to know the puppy’s date of birth which is on our contract. Until the vaccination series is completed puppies should not go to public parks or be around stray dogs. They can go outdoors in your yard, or to puppy class where the other puppies are likely being seen regularly by their own vet, or be around your friends' dogs which are well vaccinated.
All purebred dogs have their issues and Cavaliers are no exception. Eye, hip, and patella problems do exist in all toy breeds, including Cavaliers, but Mitral Valve Disease (MVD) and Syringomyelia (SM) prove much more challenging problems to the breed and breeders . Cardiologist statistics (world
wide), show 50% of cavaliers will develop at least a mild
heart murmur by the age of 5 years - this is early onset MVD and why we offer a five year health guarantee. About 70% of Cavs will develop a heart mumur by age 7 and over 98% by the age
of ten. Cavaliers can still lead perfectly normal lives for many years
after developing a murmur, as the breed in general has adapted to the
condition,. Some may eventually need medication to help with symptoms
& comfort in later years. A very small percentage can progress
quickly with the condition despite medication. Eradicating this
condition completely is not possible and it is reasonable to expect that that nearly
all Cavaliers will eventually get a heart murmur. A good breeder will continue to work to improve the longevity of their lines but there are no 100% guarantees on any living being - human, animal or otherwise. Do your due diligence but do consider this before your purchase.
Syringomyelia is defined as a condition that results in the development of fluid-containing cavities within the parenchyma of the spinal cord as a consequence of abnormal cerebrospinal fluid movement through the foramen magnum. A cause of SM is an inappropriately small or developed occipital bone. This malformation Chiari-like malformation (CM), a condition that appears similar to "Chiari type 1" malformation in humans. The identification of this disease in Cavaliers is relatively new but with the ability to study the condition using MRI, it has been discovered that CM exists in 98% of Cavaliers, so we don't know how much CM may have always existed in the breed. It is thought that CM can cause SM, which may or may not result in dogs with symptoms. CM/SM is known to exist, in research so far, in over 38 other breeds, some just as prevalent as the Cavalier.
There is also conflicting data that SM exists without CM. So far mandatory subsidized MRI studies in some countries have proven that breeding clear scanned dogs together unfortunately does not eliminate the condition. There continues to be lots of debate this subject and it is something of great interest to us.
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