Saturday, December 10, 2011

Molly's MRI

This past week has been very stressful for me. I've had several late nights spent worrying about a special black and tan princess. Add a little red dog wanting to go out on middle of the night excursions and you have the recipe for a *very* over tired owner!

Princess Molly, home from MRI
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Molly recently turned 2.5 years old. For Cavalier breeders who choose to have MRI scans done on their dogs it is a milestone number. It represents the age in which an MRI scan should be completed prior to breeding. Most severe cases of SM show up prior to 2.5 years old.

Yesterday was that day for our girl.

Still a little woozy
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I would once again like to say thank you to Matheson Blvd. Veterinary Services for what they do for our Cavaliers in Ontario. Yesterday 11 breeding dogs were MRI'd at MBVS. Without Jane Sykes and her team's compassion and expertise, MRI's for Cavaliers in Ontario would not be affordable for breeders, nor performed as often as what they are. We are so fortunate to have them.

Molly sailed through her MRI with flying colours. This is always the biggest concern and risk for Cavalier breeders performing MRI's. The dogs must undergo a general anesthesia which is both invasive and does not come without risk.

You've starved me all day, can I have a cookie yet?
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Seriously? Not yet? What do you mean I'll throw up!
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Only a pink bandage is suitable for a princess
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Not only did she recover easily from her procedure she also had a beautiful clear scan.

I'm so happy and thrilled with this special girl. Thank you especially to her breeder Karen Murray (Mysticmoon Cavaliers) for sharing this healthy princess with us. I am excited for what the future will bring...

6 comments:

  1. Oh Marybeth, you scared me!LOL I got the worst feeling that Molly's scan was going to be a problem, I'm SO GLAD she's all clear. For some reason I didn't know the 2.5 year thing for SM, but I guess that means my princessface is probably all clear.:)) I think if you have a Cav you can't help but have that worry in the back of your head. Especially with Magnus since he's a puppy mill rescue there is no telling what his genetics are. So, here's the million dollar question, does this mean Miss Molly's going to be a momma?;) Sorry I have to ask cause I just love her so much, she is the most gorgeous black and tan I've ever seen! I always tease my husband I have to go to Canada for my next puppy.LOL Thanks so much for you kind words on my blog, everyone was sweet I have to stick around.;))

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  2. Katie thank you for the wonderful comments on my girl! I think she is stunning but I'm absolutely biased. :) She is the product of three generations of MRI scanning. Her parents and grandparents have all been scanned with good results. Of course that didn't guarantee her a good scan but I'm over the moon thrilled that it is. If all goes well between now and the early next year Molly will have puppies in the spring. Her choice of course on when she wants to come into season. I'm in the process of trying to find her a suitable beau.

    I'm also *so* glad to hear that you are sticking around on your blog. I'd miss you and your pups! If you ever come to Canada you are more than welcome to come visit and possibly bring something home with you. ;)

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  3. That is wonderful news for you and for the breed. The shocking thing to me was realizing that Molly was 2.5 years old because I know she and Rylie are just days apart and he's still a baby! How can that happen?

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  4. I know how much this means to you and I am thrilled for you all went well! Molly is a special girl with so much go offer! Congratulations to you and Mysticmoon - 3 generations of scanned Cavaliers is amazing.

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  5. I am excited for the future too! Congratulations on the clear scan :)
    -Michelle...and Cal

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  6. You are a fine example of responsible breeders trying to stop the spread of SM...and many puppies born in your kennel will be pain free and can go on to have healthy puppies of their own. Our little girl is doing well, but still has pain, after successful surgery 4 years ago.... I don't like to hear local breeders here in Oregon who disagree with the idea of MRI's. Money must be their object...they should find something else less damaging to do than breed Cavaliers.

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