Cyda

Cyda

I am often asked questions by dog owners regarding their pets.

Since 1960, I have owned and trained my own dogs, and helped with the care and training of others’ dogs.

I have been breeding Pedigree Cavalier King Charles Spaniels since the 1980’s for nearly 40 years.

During this time I have gained experience in the many different facets of dog ownership – Care, Feeding, Grooming, Exercise, Training, Breeding and much more.

I am willing to share this knowledge with others and invite your questions.

 

DISCLAIMER:

I will endeavour to answer your questions as honestly as possible and to the best of my ability.

However, no liability can be accepted for any errors, actions or omissions caused as a result of questions answered on this page.

Neither Anne nor Heronbank Cavaliers are authorities in these matters, and the content of any answers is purely the opinion – often borne of experience – of the writer.

 

 

941 Comments

  1. Carole Osborne

    Hi, i have a 2 year old cavalier and while stroking him i have noticed a pea size lump directly under his nipple. Is this something i should get checked out.

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    • Anne Fairless

      It is always sensible to get lumps checked out with a vet. It may be nothing but a benign cyst but it could be something more serious in which case the earlier action is taken the better.

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  2. Vanessa

    Hello Anne
    Before I adopt a King Charles cavaliers I have started reading Linda Whitwams guidebook on this breed. I really want to adopt two dogs before the end of this year. I work from home and live an active lifestyle. I would rather adopt because I think it is more beneficial to help a dog that is homeless and abandoned.
    I noted that due to breeding the cavaliers King Charles has many medical conditions from the skull to its heart which can incur hefty vet fees.
    I was wondering whether you could answer my question which is, would having comprehensive pet insurance cover potential vet fees?- should they occur in the future.

    I look forward to hearing from you

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    • Anne Fairless

      Any comprehensive pet insurance will cover vet fees for conditions which are not pre existing.
      quotes and conditions may differ from insurer to insurer so you may look at several insurers and get several different quotes some will cover for the lifetime of the condition but most will either charge extra or will not pay out for recurring conditions

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  3. Helen

    I have a 10 month male king Charles. At mine he sleeps in a cage in my kitchen at night. sometimes Iwork nights so he stays at my daughters. He cries all night. At first she had him in his cage but now I have brought him up to sleep on her bed but still he cries all night and wont settle. I’m heading away soon for a few weeks and very worried he wont settle.

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    • Anne Fairless

      That sounds like he has separation anxiety. Does he cry when you drop him off at your daughters?

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      • Helen

        No just when it is time to settle for the night.

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        • Anne Fairless

          In that case ensure he is fed (about an hour before bed) and comfortable, before retiring.
          It can be difficult sometimes as I had a similar problem with my younger girl. Stick with a routine and hopefully he will settle.

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  4. Jenny Hallida

    HI Ann. My 7 year old cocos has gone totally deaf within a week. From hearing a crisp packet from the other room, to not stirring if you bang a pan next to her. Do you know if this is something that happens to cocos, she isn’t scratching or head shaking. Doesn’t seem like n pain. Same calm patient dog although doesn’t like to be out of my sight now. Can you give me any advice please.

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    • Anne Fairless

      Sudden deafness can be caused by a number of different things, including congenital defects, chronic ear infections, head injuries, drug toxicity, degenerative nerve changes, old age or disease, such as a tumor or ruptured ear drum. The only way to help coco is to get her checked out by your veterinarian.

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  5. Kay

    Is there any natural way to trigger a bitches season other than kennelling with other cycling bitches.

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    • Anne Fairless

      It is possible to regulate a bitches season by putting her with bitches who have regular seasons. Apart from using a homoeopathic remedy I can’t think what else would be natural.

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  6. Susan bodell

    Hi my one year old car has had pain when lifting her up she helps also when getting up after resting is very weary to pull up her back end . Any thoughts

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    • Anne Fairless

      She may have pulled something in her back, leg or internally. She should see a vet and get some suitable painkillers and treatment if required.

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  7. Vicki

    I have a king charles female who is 7 years . I have now got a puppy . The puppy runs to my older dog but my older dog barks and grows
    Will this always be the case x

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    • Anne Fairless

      Your older dog may not have been looking for a puppy as a companion. Older dogs don’t want to be hassled by young puppies bent on fun!
      The situation may improve once the puppy has learned to leave your older dog alone, but in the meantime there is every chance that your puppy will get attacked and bitten by the older dog.
      -- Anne --

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  8. val

    cavalier pair have had litter together previously- thought they would breed again, but male suddenly totally not interested. Has very pink muzzle, jumped onto my bed and peeed on it. Doesnt show excitement anymore with his penis. ?? dont know what happened ? can someone have manually physically damaged him ?

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    • Anne Fairless

      The mating itself could have caused him damage If they were not supervised. Also you don’t say what age they were when they first mated he could have been too young. My advice would be to get him to a vet as soon as possible as he may need treatment to correct his problem

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