Summary results of the Purebred dog Health Survey for Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers for 2004
A total of 824 forms were sent out to Wheaten owners in January 2004, and 380 returned, representing 505 live dogs, a 46.1% response rate.
This represented 2.77% of all breed returns.
Mortality data - Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers:
A total of 111 deaths were reported and this represents 0.7% of all deaths reported in the survey (111/15,881).
The median age at death for Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers was 12 years and 6 months (min = 6 months, max = 17 years) and this was higher than the overall median of 11 years and 3 months.
Mortality data - all breeds:
Deaths were reported for 165 breeds. The median age at death overall was 11 years and 3 months (minimum = 2 months, maximum = 23 yrs and 5 months.
Only 20% of dogs remained alive at 14 years of age and this had fallen to <10% by 15 years.
Table 1 Causes of death by organ system/category for SCWT
|Cause of death ||No ||% ||Most common specific causes in descending order
|Cancer ||29 ||26.1 ||Type unspecified (liver, mammary); carcinoma |
|Old Age ||23 ||20.7 || Old age & age combinations |
|Other ||10||9.0 ||Uncodeable |
|Urologic ||9 ||8.1 ||Kidney failure; PLN; glomerulonephritis; incontinence |
|Combinations||8 ||7.2 |
|Neurologic ||5 ||4.5 || Seizures; myelopathy; spinal paralysis |
|Behaviour ||4 ||3.6 ||Aggression; unspecified behavioural problem |
|Cardiac ||4 ||3.6 ||Heart attack; heart failure |
|Cerebral vascular ||4 ||3.6 ||Stroke or cerebral vascular accident |
|Gastrointestinal ||4 ||3.6 ||Gastric dilatation/volvulus (GDV); PLE; unspecified |
|Trauma ||3 ||2.7 ||Road traffic accident |
|Unknown ||3 ||2.7 |
|Endocrine ||1 ||0.9 ||Diabetes mellitus |
|Hepatic ||1 ||0.9 ||Liver failure |
|Musculoskeletal ||1||0.9 ||Arthritis |
|Poisoning ||1 ||0.9|| |
|Respiratory ||1 ||0.9 ||Respiratory disease unspecified |
|Total ||111 ||100.0 ||
Table 2 Distribution of gender and neuter status for 502 SCWT with reported gender and
There was no association between gender and neuter status.
|Neuter Status |
|Gender || Intact ||Neutered
|Female ||158 ||135||293 (58%) |
|Male ||116 ||93 ||209 (42%) |
|Total ||274 (55%) ||228 (45%) ||502 (100%) |
Table 3 Disease conditions by organ system/category for SCWT
|Dermatologic ||No ||% ||Most common specific conditions
|Dermatologic||39||14.9 ||Dermatitis; sebaceous cysts; fading nose pigment, pyotraumatic dermatitis |
|Aural||34 ||13 ||Otitis externa |
|Gastrointestinal ||30 ||11.5 ||Colitis; diarrhoea; inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); vomiting & diarrhoea; pancreatitis.|
|Musculoskeletal ||21 ||8 ||Arthritis (hindlimbs, shoulders, spine, rest); stiff joints; CHD; patellar luxation
|Cancer ||18 ||6.9 ||Unspecified (mammary, rest); carcinoma (mammary; tail); basal cell tumour, lymphoma
|Immune mediated ||17||6.5||Food allergy; flea allergy; atopy; gluten-sensitive enteropathy; allergy unspecified
|Benign neoplasia ||16||6.1||Lipoma; unspecified; adenoma; cysts
|Reproductive||15||5.7||False pregnancy; dystochia (physical blockage); agalactia; inability to breed; mastitis, pyometra
|Respiratory||14||5.3||Kennel cough; asthma; coughing; upper respiratory tract infection
|Urologic||13||5||Incontinence (unspec. after spay); cystitis; uroliths (unspecified); PLN; urethral obstruction
|Cardiac||11||4.2||Heart murmur (unspecified grade2, without clinical signs); heart valve condition
|Ocular||7||2.7||Cataracts; conjunctivitis; entropion; trichiasis; corneal ulcer
|Anal Gland ||2||0.8||Anal sacculitis
Reproduced by kind permission of the Kennel Club
Report from the Kennel Club/British Small Animal Veterinary Association Scientific Committee.
Source : The KC/BSAVA Scientific Committee Purebred Dog Health Survey Questionnaire.
Author: Dr Vicki Adams of the Animal Health Trust.