Look what the Kennel Club PR team have come up with http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/press-releases/2015/march/kennel-club-and-british-veterinary-association-fund-fight-against-health-condition/ £30,000 for a breed that brings them in over £200,000 in turnover a year, big deal ! Don't forget the KC don't pay tax with them being all charitable and that.
Apparently this is the Kennel Club funding the fight against CM/SM. Well firstly lets see how many come forward with their scans taken prior to January 2012. I think I will give it around six months and then contact them to see what the take up is. I suspect the British Veterinary Board (BVA) will be rushed off their feet and may have to take on more staff to deal with the rush, not.Why will there not be a rush ? and if anyone takes this offer up, why we will see false data ?
The first question is easy to answer. There won't be a rush because the results from the BVA/KC scheme grading your scans will be public and if your scan was favourable graded, why bother with the risk of a less favourable grade from the BVA/KC scheme ? It's well known that scanning on the scheme has shown less favourable results, than people who have paid to privately have dogs scanned and that is another reason why very few Cavalier breeders use it and call it into disrepute. Their favourite slamming of it is that apparently if your dog is a Cavalier, regardless of the scan it is automatically graded 2 for Chiari-like Malformation (CM) on their scheme.
Now the second question I pose is interesting, "Why will we see false data ?" We will see false data because if anyone comes forward with Cavaliers scanned before January 2012 off the scheme, they will only put forward scans of Cavaliers that they were told by a vet off the scheme are clear of Syringomyelia (SM). So what we will see is only clear SM scans being presented, which will give a very false picture of SM in Cavaliers. Come on lets get real here, if a show champion Cavalier stud dog was MRI scanned before January 2012 and in his scan he had the first signs of SM and you decided to keep using him (and we know they do keep using them after being scanned showing clear signs of SM), you are hardly going to put his scans up for scrutiny by the BVA/KC and then have their grading of your dog put in the public domain.
The KC need to go back to the drawing board and put that £30,000 towards setting up mandatory testing of Cavaliers of parents of pups registered with them for CM/SM and Mitrial Valve Degeneration (MVD), as this is the only way to collect true data about how bad these conditions are across the breed and correlate accurate Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) for the Cavalier.
Maybe the KC has just not thought this through or maybe the KC has thought this through and know that there is a high probability that false data will be collected making the problem look not so bad in the breed ? Knowing how dumb they can be after Bill Lambert who heads the Assured Breeder Scheme for the KC, told me he asked five KC vets if the Cavalier is Brachy and they all thought not because its nose is longer than most Brachy dogs (Those vets need to take a refresher course on the Cephalic index) I could cut them some slack and hope that they really have not put thought into their fight against SM, because if it is in the hope to collect false more favourable data on SM in Cavaliers, their fight for Cavaliers looks more like a slow and painful slaughter of them.
So you know what I'm going to ask yet again, if you ain't already signed the petition below, please do so and if you have already been as kind to do so, then share the link wherever and with whoever
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Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.