The Royal Veterinary College in London is carrying out foetal tissue research on Cavalier brains in the hope that it will be helpful in relation to SM – and should be helpful for humans too, at the end of the day. Cavalier breeders have been pretty good about phoning me when they can contribute, but the researchers are now asking if I can find them other spaniels to use as comparative tissue.
Please could anyone who has any still born whelps of any kind of spaniel, aborted whelps, or whelps that die within 48 hours of birth, get in touch with me? Or if you have friends who do, please ask them to? If you keep the tissue cold (fridge is the best place) I can get a kit to you within 24 hours – there is nothing horribly gruesome, it’s just a question of putting the poor little thing in the pot and sending it off in the packing provided.