Free heart testing for all Bonaforte Irish Wolfhounds
Every six months we heart test our Irish Wolfhounds, and as a kennel, we are committed to the taking the breed forward with healthy hearts. With this in mind, we decided to go one step further and offer all our puppy owners the opportunity to have their Wolfhounds heart tested at the kennel (at no cost to their owners). This scheme begins when your hound is 18 months to two years old and then annually at Dr Serene Brownlie’s (Veterinary Cardiologist) discretion after that so that any dog born here will have an ongoing record of cardiac health.
All results from both our dogs and any of the dogs we have bred we have given full permission to be entered onto the database and the findings to be published or be used for further research as Dr Serene Brownlie sees fit.
These are fascinating times, and we feel that the tide is turning regarding health testing in general and a desire to move things forward? We are very excited at the prospect of achieving an accurate picture of the health of our dogs, even though there may be some unpleasant surprises along the way, but when those do crop up, we will take them as a learning opportunity, continuing forward with help and support.
Established and well-respected breeders should heart test their Wolfhounds at least once a year. Please always ask to see the up to date heart certificates.
A healthy heart is a good starting point.