The IWF stands ready to assist Irish Wolfhound owners who may be temporarily struggling financially with payments towards dog food or vet bills, in the interest of keeping much loved Wolfhounds in their homes and out of rescue.
While the IWF normally conducts heart screening clinics at specialty shows, that has been difficult with so many being cancelled. Several groups and individuals have stepped forward and offered to host "satellite" clinics to make obtaining EKGs more readily accessible, with the support of the IWF.
Two IWF-supported heart studies were completed and papers published.
The IWF is supporting several exciting new studies of osteosarcoma in Irish Wolfhounds.
We still need lots of hounds updated and many more entered in the Life Cycle Study II.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, forthcoming heart screening clinics scheduled for this Spring have been cancelled.
A study was recently published (authored in part by our own Bill Tyrrell, DVM, Steve Rosenthal, DVM, Mariellen Dentino and Frances Abrams) examining pedigrees for IWs with and without atrial fibrillation to identify possible modes of inheritance.
Summary of results from the IWF heart screening clinic held in conjunction with the 2019 IWCA National Specialty.
Results from the heart screening held in conjunction with the IWCA National Specialty in May, 2018.
The Irish Wolfhound Foundation is interested in collecting additional data on Irish Wolfhounds with atrial fibrillation (a.k.a., Afib).
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).
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.
Results from 2016 IWF heart testing clinics.
At the 2016 IWCA National Specialty show at Purina Farms in Eureka, MO, the IWF presented talks on the conclusions drawn from several IWF-funded studies, including the Echo/EKG comparison study, the Atrial Fibrillation study, and the Lifetime Cardiac Study. Powerpoint slides from those presentations are now available on our website.
Information on changes to the LCS II forms, the new OFA Advanced Cardiac Database, and CHIC requirements for heart testing.
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, in cooperation with the ACVIM Cardiologists, has now adopted a new clearance system for cardiac disease which is much more appropriate for Irish Wolfhounds.
Some thoughts on the TX rescue from Deborah Sanders and the RMIWA. Many of these observations and bits of advice apply to anyone considering adoption of a rescue animal. (originally posted on Facebook on the RMIWA page by Deborah Sanders; permission granted to crosspost)
The Irish Wolfhound Foundation facilitates the completion of registration forms at our heart and eye clinics, but the test results aren't registered with an external organization till the owner sends in the completed form and registration fee.