New Research on Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease is being carried out at the Royal Veterinary College in conjunction with VetCOMPASS by Ms M Mattin, Prof A Boswood, Prof D Church and Dr D Brodbelt.
This study needs the help of Cavalier owners and their dogs and primary vet practices. It aims to document the prevalence of DMVD in UK dogs, evaluate survival characteristics of dogs at various stages of the disease and to determine the prognostic value of clinical measurements and cardiac biomarkers.
If you are willing to take part in this study, you will receive valuable information about your own dog’s heart condition. This will enable your vet to optimise the care of your dog at different stages in the disease. You will also be contributing to research on a disease that frequently compromises the health of the Cavalier breed.
A blood test can provide vets with useful information about the severity of MVD through ‘cardiac biomarkers.’ The study will evaluate whether these tests can also help vets estimate the outlook over time for dogs with MVD and manage the disease more effectively.
Participation involves a health check and a one-off blood test as part of your dog’s regular check-up. The results of the cardiac biomarker blood test will be returned to your vet for your dog’s benefit.
If your dog has MVD and you are interested in participating in the study, please ask your usual vet if they are part of the VetCOMPASS MVD study. If not, please direct them to the VetCOMPASS website for further information:
Alternatively ask them to contact Maddy Mattin at the RVC:
Tel: 01707 667168
Mob: 07757 750492
A lot is being asked of Cavalier owners at the present time but together we can help to ensure the future health of the breed that we love.