The Irish Wolfhound Foundation

Upcoming Health Screening

Posted Nov 21, 2017.

Heart Screening

Upcoming heart screening dates/locations:

  • IWCA specialty show, Purina Farms, MO, May 2 and May 3, 2018
  • IWADV specialty show, Mohnton, PA, October 07, 2018

The Irish Wolfhound Foundation is sponsoring heart screening for heart disease research at upcoming Irish Wolfhound specialty shows as listed above.  Screening tests offered will include EKG’s and echocardiograms. Participating hounds must be 2 years of age or older.  Pre-registration is required so things will go smoothly at the show site. You can preregister using this link or by calling Frances Abrams at 937-371-3609 for forms.

EKGs (recommended annually for all IWs) are $60 with a cardiologist evaluation of the EKG and the option to have your hound's results individually registered with OFA. For echocardiograms (if indicated), owners will pay only $175 per hound if the hound is between 2 and 7 years old, and $100 for hounds who are 8 or older OR hounds of any age who have been diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation. Echoes also include an EKG. All tests include auscultation by a Board-certified cardiologist. Screening costs are subsidized by the IWF, and all data collected will be used by the Foundation to support ongoing heart studies. Additional donations to the Foundation are much appreciated and wisely used to fund our mission of Health, Education, & Rescue. 

Remember, heart disease in Irish Wolfhounds is often treatable if detected early. Getting your IW's heart screened is important for everyone, not just breeders!

Since most heart disease in Irish Wolfhounds is not due to congenital defects, but rather develops as the hound gets older, we limit screening to hounds 2 years and older.  

The echocardiogram/electrocardiogram (ECG) provided at dog shows is meant as a screening examination for IWH type cardiomyopathy for either breeding stock or pet IWs and to support on-going studies of the IWF. If your IW has already been diagnosed with heart disease, or you suspect that it may be affected, you should establish a relationship with a local cardiologist to manage your dog's heart disease.

Screening Scheduling

Preregistration using our form will assure that you have a time and date assigned for testing. You will get an acknowledgement by email. Forms will be prepared for your dog and brought to the show site. There may be some slight changes in time due to the show schedule. Please let Frances know as soon as possible if you cannot make your appointment.

DNA Blood Draws

The IWF will also be drawing blood for the IWF DNA bank.  We will have copies of our blood draw consent form available. We would be grateful if your hound can donate a small blood sample at the specialty.

Echocardiogram Information

An echo is painless and non-invasive, and allows the cardiologist to visualize and assess the overall health of the heart. Some of the things an echo can show are leakage of blood through the valves, the size of the heart, abnormal communications between the left and the right sides of the heart, and heart muscle contractility.

OFA Registration

The OFA/ACVIM Advanced Cardiac Database (ACA) maintains a statistical database for participating breeds. As part of this clinic, the ACA form will be completed and the basic information will be submitted to the statistical database. This does not automatically enter your hound in the OFA open database or CHIC. We will provide you a copy of the ACA form for submission to the OFA in order to individually register your hound in the open database if you choose. OFA charges a small registration fee if you decide to send the form in.

Questions?

Contact Frances Abrams at iwfhealth@gmail.com or 937-371-3609.

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