The September CKCSCGA Monthly Meeting will be held on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 at the Holiday Inn Northlake. Board Meeting will be held at 6pm. All are welcome to sit in and attend the Board Meeting. Social time begins at 7pm and general meeting begins at 7:30pm. You may order food from the Holiday Inn if you wish. Please come and attend this important business meeting as there is lots to discuss with the upcoming Meet the Breed event, the Puppy Picnic, Holiday Party and Specialty Show.

Auburn University Offers CM Screening for CKCS & Brussels Griffons

Auburn University Offers CM Screening for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Brussels Griffons

The Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital at Auburn University is now offering a Chiari-like (CM) screening package to owners and breeders of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Brussels Griffons. Referrals are not required and limited appointments will be offered on Thursdays only. To schedule a CM screening, call the Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital front desk at 334.844.4690

CM, a malformation of the skull, is a common cause of syringomyelia (SM) in dogs. The Auburn University CM screenings will identify dogs with CM or the likelihood of developing SM. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Brussels Griffons with CM/SM are not recommended for breeding.

To qualify for the CM screening package the dogs must be at least one year old and asymptomatic (showing no signs of CM/SM). Preanesthetic testing (blood work and thoracic radiographs) must be done by a veterinarian elsewhere within two weeks of the CM screening appointment at Auburn University.

The CM Screening package includes:
  • Physical and neurologic examination by the neurology/neurosurgery service
  • General anesthesia
  • MRI of the head / neck
  • Two CD copies of the MRI images
  • Breeding advice based on a previously published grading scheme from the British Veterinary Association
Cost of the CM/SM screening package is $750

The CM screening appointment may be rescheduled in case of hospital emergencies during the Auburn neurology/neurosurgery regular service. If the CM screening needs to be rescheduled, owners/breeders will be notified by hospital staff by the afternoon prior to the original appointment.

During the screenings fur will be shaved for an IV catheter. The dogs will be discharged the same day, unless it is deemed medically necessary to admit to the hospital for further treatment. Dogs with clinical signs of SM (including neck pain or examination) will not be eligible for this screening procedure and asked to make an appointment for a diagnostic work up, if desired.

Auburn University's veterinary hospital is a teaching hospital, so students, interns and residents involved in the CM screening will be overseen by a board certified neurologist.

The Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital at Auburn University is located at 1220 Wire Road, Auburn AL 36849. To learn more about the Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital at Auburn University, visit 

Please contact Drs. John Hathcock or Jill Narak at 334.844.4690 for more information about this screening package.


We need you! Please Volunteer!

Club members! Want to spend an hour or two (or from 10am to 4pm) with us at the Chattapoochee Pet Fest in Duluth GA? It is the 6th annual event, being held at the Chattapoochee Dog Park on Rogers Bridge Rd in Duluth. The date is SUNDAY OCTOBER 5th!

Our club participates with a "Meet the Breed" tent! The club pitches their popup tent, has a table of information on the club, ACKCS Rescue Trust and special premade activity packets for the children who stop by, filled with fun Responsible Dog Ownership info from the AKC and some cute cavalier fun pages!

We need folks and their cavaliers to help man the booth! Our booth is always attracting attention because of our beautiful breed. If you can come and sit and mingle and let the folks in attendance "Meet our Breed", we would appreciate it! Come only for an hour if you can. Or stay for 2 or 3! We will have water available for our cavaliers and us humans too! People come up and ask the members about the breed, puppies, rescue cavaliers. It is a great networking opportunity also!

If you can volunteer (remember all you have to do is SHOW UP with your cavalier) please let Alice Alford know! THANK YOU!