Charity Support

Platino Supports Research into Chiari-like Malformation and Syringomyelia (CM/SM)

Many diseases and conditions occur in both humans and dogs, including Chiari-like Malformation (CM) and Syringomyelia (SM). CM not only affects thousands of puppies, each year a growing number of people are also being diagnosed because of the increased use of diagnostic imaging (MRI). Although it isn’t yet understood what causes CM, it is so widespread in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that research into the disease in the breed aids the understanding and treatment of the condition in people.

Platino Supports the Registered Charity Cavalier Matters

The mains aims of Cavalier Matters are:

  • Funding and promoting research into Cavalier health and The Cavalier Collection Scheme and the Rupert’s Fund project
  • Health studies and research are ongoing and some information is shared with The Ann Conroy Trust, a charity set up to help human CM/SM sufferers.
  • Raising awareness of Cavalier hereditary health diseases among the general public and encouraging them to only buy a puppy from a breeder that has carried out all the necessary health checks on the bitch and stud dog.
  • To support other Cavalier owners by providing easy to understand information about Cavalier health issues and tips about how to look after an affected dog.
  • Campaigning to improve the health of Cavaliers. For example, campaigning against irresponsible breeding and puppy farms. Campaigning for the reform of dog breeding in the UK through our political contacts and by working with other welfare organisations.
  • Providing funds for official rescue and welfare organisations.

Research data is shared with The Ann Conroy Trust, further expanding the knowledge of the disease in humans.

Cavalier Matters Website
The Ann Conroy Trust Website