Once again Drs Bill Tyrrell, Steve Rosenthal, and Mariellen Dentino teamed up to test as many IWs that they could at the IWCA National Specialty. Thanks to everyone who brought their hounds. Thanks especially to Carole Silverthorne, who is trying to figure out what I do with paperwork. She learns faster than I teach. Thanks also to Jimmy Glynn, who helped control traffic at the door.
We tested only 54 hounds, down from 71 at last year’s Specialty but found very few abnormal results. Shown in Table 1 are the statistics for 2019 with 2018 for comparison. Only one dog this year had atrial fibrillation and that one did not show signs of IW type dilated cardiomyopathy. Two dogs, on the other hand, had tricuspid valve disease that was severe enough to be considered abnormal. While mild valve disease is a common finding, most of it what we have seen is incidental and does not result in abnormal findings.
Thanks to the show committee, we had excellent facilities near the ring and a pleasant space for waiting in the hospitality suite.
|2019 IWCA Heart Testing, Santa Fe, NM|
Normal Echo and EKG
For comparison purposes, the results from 2018:
|Age||Male||Female||Normal EKG||Normal Echo and EKG||Abnormals|