Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Meet some famous cavaliers at the Pet Show 2015

The Cavalier Companion Club have a stand at the Pet Show 2015
1st and 2nd August at Stoneleigh Park 
Meet Margaret Carter with Faith and her puppies Woody and Tank

Charlotte Mackaness with Isla

Ellie Hpllinshead with Ciara
The Companion Cavalier Club are representing cavaliers at The Pet Show this weekend, and Cavalier Matters will be there as their guest, waving the flag for cavalier health. There will have lots of leaflets, advice and information for potential and existing owners of this wonderful breed


Thursday, 25 June 2015

Great fun at Dogs Fest

Loseley Park Surrey 
June 21st 2015

Tania Ledger with co workers Karen Barnard and Karen Pettet setting up the stall to raise money for Cavaliers

Thanks for all the support!!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Clinical features of idiopathic inflammatory polymyopathy in the Hungarian Vizsla

Major contribution by an international collaboration 

 A Tauro1, D. Addicott2, R.D. Foale3, C. Bowman4, C. Hahn5, S. Long4, J. Massey6, A.C. Haley7, S.P. Knowler9, M.J., Day8, L.J. Kennedy6, C. Rusbridge1,9

1 Fitzpatrick Referrals, Halfway Lane, Eashing, Godalming, Surrey GU7 2QQ, UK 2Murrayfield, Lockerbie, UK 3Dick White Referrals, Six Mile Bottom, UK 4The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 5Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Roslin, UK 6CIGMR, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK 7The University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, USA 8University of Bristol, Langford, Bristol, UK 9The Univeristy of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK.
This paper which can now be reviewed online  Here abstract below
This paper was presented at a very successful Vizsla Health Seminar on the 19th April 2015 held at Fitzpatrick Referrals where lead author Anna Tauro is a Neurology Resident working with Clare Rusbridge at the practice.  Photo shows Noel Fitzpatrick, Anna Tauro, Di Addicot and Trevor White the Chairman of the Friends of the Hungarian Vizsla Welfare Charity. 
 The paper would not have been possible if it wasn't for the years of dedication and commitment from breeder Di Addicott and the Vizsla Community. Huge Congratulations!! This is a major contribution to the continued health of the breed by providing greater understanding for this heartbreaking condition. For further details please contact

Above four of the authors left to right Anna, Di, Penny and Clare .


A retrospective study of the clinicopathological features of presumed and confirmed cases of idiopathic inflammatory polymyopathy in the Hungarian Vizsla dog and guidelines for breeding.


369 medical records were reviewed (1992-2013) and 77 Hungarian Vizsla were identified with a case history consistent with idiopathic inflammatory polymyopathy. Inclusion criteria were Group 1 (confirmed diagnosis) histopathology and clinical findings compatible with an inflammatory polymyopathy and Group 2 (probable diagnosis) clinical signs findings compatible with an polymyopathy including dysphagia, sialorrhea, temporal muscle atrophy, elevated serum creatine kinase (CK) activity, and sufficient clinical history to suggest that other neuromuscular disorders could be ruled out. Some group 2 dogs had a muscle biopsy which suggested muscle disease but did not reveal an inflammatory process. The mean age of onset was 2.4 years; male dogs were slightly overrepresented. Common presenting signs were dysphagia, sialorrhea, masticatory muscle atrophy, and regurgitation. Common muscle histopathological findings included degenerative and regenerative changes, with multifocal mononuclear cell infiltration with lymphoplasmacytic myositis of variable severity. A positive response to immunosuppressive treatment supported an immune-mediated aetiology. The mean age at death and survival time was 6.4 and 3.9 years, respectively. Recurrence of clinical signs and aspiration pneumonia were common reasons for euthanasia.


Diagnosis of Vizsla idiopathic inflammatory polymyopathy can be challenging due to lack of specific tests, however the presence of dysphagia, regurgitation and masticatory muscle atrophy in this breed with negative serological tests for masticatory muscle myositis and myasthenia gravis, along with muscle biopsies suggesting an inflammatory process support the diagnosis. However there is an urgent need for a more specific diagnostic test.  The average of inbreeding coefficient (CoI) of 16.3% suggests an increased expression of a Dog Leukocyte Antigen Class II haplotype, leading to an increased disease risk. The prognosis remains guarded, as treatment can only manage the disease. Recurrence of clinical signs and perceived poor quality of life are the most common reasons for humane euthanasia.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Update on the CM SM conformation indicator (headshape) project in Cavaliers.

Update on the Swedish Kennel Club, Cavalier Matters & Rupert’s Fund project proposed by Lena Gillstedt, Penny Knowler, Tom Mitchell and Clare Rusbridge. Everyone is welcome to share this post.

This project is important to find out if naked eye or perhaps training in the measuring techniques and photos analysis will help identify any features that may be associated with risk of syringomyelia or painful Chiari Malformation. If this is the case then it may allow breeders to breed away from these conditions.

Nobody is more expert in appreciating conformation and variety than breeders, and a small group of representative breeders have already been created in this initial phase of the investigation.  They are Lena Gillstedt, Anja Szyszkiewicz also a Swedish breeder, Margaret Carter, Sheena Maclaine and Ellie Mordecai from the UK. Henny van den Berg (Netherlands) has recently joined this group with has expertise of conformation in other breeds. Also Laura Lang (USA) who first investigated MRIs and radiographs with and without syringomyelia over a decade ago.Together they have over 200 years of breeding experience between them and will select the dogs from the photographs that will go forward and ensure that they are representative. 

Every effort has been made by this committed team to ensure that the selection process for this project is as fair and unbiased as possible. Participants of the study will be known by a code only and be offered a free MRI scan. All individual results will be kept anonymous, although the owner will have the option to send a CD to the BVA/KC health scheme. If selected, two or more independent judges will examine the dogs using a conformation checklist compiled by Dr Clare Rusbridge, Thomas Mitchell, Henny van den Berg and Penny Knowler. All the researchers who are involved in interpreting and analyzing the results are blinded to the dogs identity.