Heart Testing  

Sunday 12th November & Monday 13th November  2017

To book your hound in for heart testing, please click on the button to the right, then select your date and time from the calendar. 

Although there is no charge for any Bonaforte Hounds, I'm sure the IWCT would love a small donation:  

Click here to donate


All Non Bons hounds are charged £50 per consultation and you are most welcome.


You can  Pay on the day please or follow the link to the shop and pay here



Owners’ Checklist for Heart Testing Sessions

Before you bring your Wolfhound for heart testing: 

The address for the farm is: 

Broadholme House Farm
Broadholme Lane
DE56 2JG 

Things to bring with you (apart from the dog): 

  • Name, address and phone number of your registered vet 
  • The dog’s KC registered name
  • Date of birth
  • KC registration number
  • KC registered names of parents
  • (usually all found on your Kennel Club paperwork) 
  • The dog’s microchip number (either on your contract from us or on your vaccination card) 
  • Previous heart test certificate (if your dog has been tested before) 

When you arrive at the Farm: 

No matter what time you arrive at the Farm please leave your dog in the car whilst you find a helper and let them know that you have arrived. You will then be informed as to how much time you have available before your dog will be called 

You will be asked to fill out the details at the top of the heart test certificate and help is available to assist with this 

If you need to exercise your dog, then please feel free to take your hound, on lead, through the gates opposite the main Farm gate which is a fenced walkway between the horses exercise paddocks.
DO NOT let the dog off lead and DO NOT enter the final gate into the fields as horses are roaming loose 

Please DO NOT bring any dogs into the house or into the stables/kennels as Carla’s own dogs will be housed in those areas

The testing procedure: 

A member of staff or helper will let you know when Serena is ready to heart test your hound and you will be shown across the yard and into the Wolfhouse / Kennel Kitchen for the three part test – (stethoscope, Doppler and ECG). Serena carries out the test, but Bonaforte staff are also present to assist in holding your dog still 

DNA cheek swabs can be taken from those dogs who have not already had swabs done (as part of the ongoing research being carried out by Nottingham University Vet School) 

At some testings sessions (but not all), there will be Undergraduates from Nottingham Vet School present to chat to owners and to take DNA cheek swabs. Please make these students welcome as many have had very limited contact with Wolfhounds before and they are involved in the ongoing research. 

After your hound has been tested:  

Please return your dog to the car or exercise your dog if needs be and then place the dog back in your vehicle 

Everyone is very welcome to drinks and food from the minute they arrive and all owners are more than welcome to stay for refreshments and a chat in the kitchen after their dog has been tested. However, we cannot accommodate any dogs being in the house or anywhere on the yard or lawn as the Farm dogs need their own space and there will be a lot of people and dogs coming and going all day 

Make sure you have everything before you leave; your paperwork, your copy of the heart test certificate, a new collection tin if you need one....................your dog!