Health Tests for Puppies

Puppies body systems are immature and to undertake a full blood and urinalysis before the age of 12 to 18 months could possibly produce spurious results. Therefore, unless a Veterinarian advises a full blood and urinalysis, this is not required.

Responsible breeders, prior to homing their puppies, undertake tests on their litters.

These may include:

  • Basic kidney function - this is a blood test taken at approximately seven weeks of age to assess kidney function and can usually be completed by your vet ‘in-house’.
  • DNA storage -at the same time as the basic kidney function blood is taken, an additional amount of blood can be taken and sent to the Animal Health Trust (AHT) for DNA storage
  • Eye test - at approximately six to eight weeks of age by a BVA approved Ophthalmic Vet. who checks for retinal folds and other eye diseases. The BVA web page has details of a specialist near to you.

    For more information, go to the Eyes page.

  • Hearing Test - this is recommended for puppies who have high risk ancestral lines. However, the last reported cases of deafness or hearing impairment to the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of GB were in 1998.

    For more information go to the Deafness page.

Breeders - Health Testing for parents, see Health Tests Prior to Breeding

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