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Heart Testing at the 2017 National

Posted Jun 01, 2017.

An overview of IW cardiac study findings to-date, info on testing at the 2017 IWCA National Specialty and information on the Lifetime Cardiac Study II (LCSII).

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Weakness in the Rear Limbs

Posted Jun 01, 2017.

Weakness in the rear (difficulty rising, standing and/or walking) is the 3rd most frequent cause of death in Irish Wolfhounds. Since it does not have a single cause, it is important to identify and possibly treat the weakness to improve the quality of life for affected hounds, and possibly prolong their lives.

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Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)

Posted Jun 01, 2017.

There is a new strain of canine flu which is a concern to our penumonia-prone hounds.

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Heart Testing Recommendations for ALL Irish Wolfhounds

Posted Dec 31, 2016.

The results of the Echo/EKG study are in: ALL Irish Wolfhounds should have an annual EKG and auscultation by a cardiologist. An echo is indicated if problems are found on either of the other two screenings.

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SARDS and the Irish Wolfhound

Posted Dec 31, 2016.

Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS) is a disease in dogs that causes sudden blindness.

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2016 Heart Testing Results

Posted Dec 31, 2016.

Results from 2016 IWF heart testing clinics.

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Regional Groups Help with IWF Study

Posted Dec 31, 2016.

The IWF needs the help of regional clubs to test as many dogs as possible for our studies. We can provide assistance in setting up the testing and subsidizing the cost.

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Going Foward with Heart Testing: The Life Cycle Study II and the OFA's New Cardiac Database

Posted Jun 01, 2016.

Information on changes to the LCS II forms, the new OFA Advanced Cardiac Database, and CHIC requirements for heart testing.

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Cardiac Lessons from the Lifetime Cardiac Study Data

Posted Jun 01, 2016.

The Lifetime Cardiac Study has provided a wealth of information on both testing tools and cardiac abnormalities as predictors of serious heart disease in the IW.

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Longevity Data from the Lifetime Cardiac Study

Posted Jun 01, 2016.

The LCS study provided us with valuable data on lengevity and cause of death in IWs. The good news? Average lifespan is now 7.45 years, which is a significant increase over previous studies.

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