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January 2019
Nottingham Veterinary School 
Third Deerhound and Irish Wolfhound Breed Health Seminar
23 February,  University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine - map.
The day is quite informal with the emphasis is very much on participation. There will be an update on the osteosarcoma treatment survey and the AF association with blood clot survey. We also hope to have an update about the main osteosarcoma project. Agenda available here.
We hope as many as possible will take part. If you're planning to attend 
please email so numbers can be estimated.

Survey on bloat/GDV
A former Nottingham Vet School student, Matthew Keane BVM BVS MRCVS, is conducting a project about bloat and gastric dilatation/volvulus and would appreciate as many Irish Wolfhound owners as possible completing his online survey. The survey is available here.

Read all about the lastet news and developments in the Irish Wolfhound Health Group, including:

  • Treasurer's report
  • New study into bloat/torsion by Nottingham University 
  • Dates for forthcoming breed health open day and seminar
  • Heart testing review
  • Call for pneumonia case studies
  • Breed health survey 2018 - preliminary results
  • The story of a wolfhound with itchy skin

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December 2018
We are still hearing of dogs suffering from pneumonia being misdiagnosed and dying. Please remember the Pneumonia Study remains ongoing - the aim is to find more ways of treating it and to educate both owners and vets to recognise and treat it. 

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Dr Angela Bodey is leading this research and needs more surveys from owners who have had dogs with pneumonia. A review is happening after the 31st DECEMBER, so we need to get as many more surveys submitted before that date. 

This is NOT UK specific so please everyone help us reach the 100 cases mark. 
You can find the survey here and more information about pneumonia here.

New lab for livershunt testing scheme - Introducing Cytopath
For two decades firstly Vetlab and then Idexx have supported the breed Livershunt Testing Scheme by offering reduced prices for bile acid testing. As we know, nothing lasts for ever and changes in structure at Idexx meant they could no longer offer the discounts we have benefited from for so long and had to increase their prices. We would like to express our immense gratitude for this fantastic support over so many years. Idexx are of course still offering bile acid testing but at the new pricing.

So a new era begins, and we have the support of CYTOPATH, a lab located in Ledbury, Herefordshire, who are happy to come on board with agreed fixed testing rates for bile acid tests at a level we have enjoyed in previous years.

The procedure remains the same as indicated on the previous testing forms, with one main exception: breeders need to order a pre-addressed envelope from CYTOPATH well in advance of the test being done. All the information needed is on the testing forms which are available for download here.

We are delighted and grateful that Cytopath have agreed to support the scheme and look forward to many years working with them.

October 2018
Philippa Robinson
The IWHG is very sad to announce the passing of Philippa Robinson on 10 October 2018 after a brave battle with cancer.

Philippa came to prominence among the pedigree dog world when she created the Karlton Index, an independent dog health index, set up to measure how a breed community deals with the health issues within their breed. The first Index was created in 2011 and a further measure was recorded in 2013. Due to her amazing vitality and charisma, she was by this time fully engaged in dog health and welfare commitments across the field, and was an influential voice in the wider dog world. Unfortunately, she was a somewhat a victim of her own success and because of other commitments, the index measurement planned for 2015, was postponed until 2016 and never completed.

Participation in Health Award: 
Philippa presenting the winner's cheque to Rebecca Peek of the IWHG 

The Irish Wolfhound Health Group was honoured to be announced as the winner of the Participation in Health Award in the first KC/Karlton Index Awards, and invited Philippa to attend our seminar that year. She was truly impressed by the level of dedication and commitment to breed health improvement shown by the Irish Wolfhound breed enthusiasts and was a vocal and motivated supporter of the IWHG work.

In 2015 she was invited to chair our seminar and those of you who attended will remember what a fantastic job she did, adding a new dimension to the day.

She was scheduled to repeat her fantastic performance for our 2017 seminar but having accepted, she later had to let us know that she was actually too ill to attend. We were devastated, not so much for us, but for Philippa, her family and the wider dog community.

Philippa's dedication to all canine health and welfare was inspiring and her pioneering work in challenging us all to question and improve is a great legacy. She had so much more to give, and we will miss her.

August 2018
Breed health survey
The UK Kennel Club is developing Breed Health and Conservation Plans (BHCPs)* for all registered dog breeds to ensure that health concerns are identified through evidence-based criteria, so that breeders will have useful information and resources to support them in making balanced breeding decisions in the future.

Irish Wolfhounds are in the next round of breeds required to produce a plan with the KC so we are inviting all owners of UK Irish Wolfhounds, whether or not registered, to complete a simple survey to provide the KC with an up to date and accurate snapshot of the breed’s current health status. The survey is anonymous and your answers, along with other sources of scientific evidence, will provide important data for our BHCP. 

The first section is about dogs that are alive and that you currently own; the second section refers to any dogs that you have owned that have died in the last ten years. For breeders there is also a separate additional survey specifically about your breeding experiences over the last ten years. 

You can take part in the owners'  survey here and in the breeders' survey here.


April 2018
Pneumonia guidelines
The IWHG Pneumonia Guide for owners has been updated and contains essential information for every Wolfhound owner. 

For further information on pneumonia in Irish Wolfhounds, click here.

Pneumonia survey
In response to our request for cases of hounds that have suffered from pneumonia we have decided to broaden the scope of the study and need details of Wolfhounds who have suffered from pneumonia or any other respiratory disease, including nasal disease and rhinitis. All information will be collated by the IWHG and forwarded to Dr Angela Bodey BSc, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS and Dr Mark Dunning MA, VetMB, PhD, CertSAM, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS at Nottingham Veterinary School.

You can take part in the study here.

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