Specialist surgery increases size of spaniel skull

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
University of Edinburgh

Veterinary specialists and researchers collaborate to relieve pain in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has made a long-term recovery following a complex operation to enlarge the capacity of her skull.

Ruby, who was aged two and a half at the time of her treatment, was born with a painful, life-threatening disease in which fluid gathers in the spinal cord.

A neurosurgeon from the Dick Vet led the treatment for the condition, which is thought to be caused by an odd conformation of the skull. This condition, called Chiari-like malformation, is estimated to affect as affect as many as 99 per cent of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

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