The Cavalier is prone to several costly health issues. A MetLife dog insurance policy may help cover the cost of diagnosis or treatment for some of these issues.1,2
A luxating patella means the dog’s kneecap is out of place or dislocated. This condition affects many toy and small dog breeds, including the Cavalier.6 Severe cases require surgery and more minor cases can lead to other costly knee injuries.
Mitral Valve Disease
Mitral valve disease is a common health condition found in Cavaliers. It typically begins as a heart murmur or mitral valve insufficiency and can progress to heart failure.7 Diagnosing mitral valve disease can require expensive testing, such as x-rays, electrocardiograms, and ultrasounds. Treatment can include heart medications, and in most severe cases surgery.
Syringomyelia is a neurological disorder caused by an underlying condition called chiari-like malformation where the brain is too large for the skull.8 Cavalier King Charles spaniels are one of the breeds most affected by syringomyelia. An MRI is helpful in diagnosing syringomyelia, and most cases will require pain relieving medication.
These are only some of the more expensive conditions your Cavalier may experience in their lifetime. Understanding how pet insurance works can help you prepare for expenses related to diagnosing and treating your Cavalier. Signing up for a dog insurance policy when your Cavie is a puppy may also help ensure they have coverage before issues become pre-existing conditions.
Some of the more popular Cavalier breed mixes include:
- Cavapoo: a Cavalier and poodle mix
- Cockalier: a Cavalier and cocker spaniel mix
- Cav-a-Mo: a Cavalier and American Eskimo mix
- Cav-a-Jack: a Cavalier and Jack Russell terrier mix
- Cavapom: a Cavalier and Pomeranian mix
- King Charles Yorkie: a Cavalier and Yorkshire terrier mix
- Golden Cavalier: a Cavalier and golden retriever mix
- Cava-Corgi: a Cavalier and corgi mix
- King Schnauzer: a Cavalier and schnauzer mix