Maintaining and improving the health of Irish Water Spaniels (IWS) is a matter of great importance to the Irish Water Spaniel Club of America. To further that goal, the Health and Genetics committee of the club conducts health surveys, co-ordinates health research, and aids club members with health concerns.
Health Testing: One element of improving IWS health is the club’s participation in the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) program and open database. Under the CHIC program, our Irish Water Spaniel Breeders of Distinction and AKC Breeders of Merit have committed to testing their dogs for hip and elbow dysplasia, eye disease, and thyroid health. They have also agreed to reveal the results of those tests in a public database. For more information on these issues CLICK HERE
- A number of IWS have experienced serious or fatal reactions to drugs commonly known as “sulfa drugs”. We strongly advise owners to inform their veterinarians of this problem and insist the dog’s chart be marked with warnings. For more information on these drugs CLICK HERE.
- Another drug to which some IWS have been reported as sensitive is Ivermectin, a drug used in some heart-worm preventative medications. The owner of an IWS should always consult with the breeder of that dog to learn the appropriate heart-worm medication for their dog.
- Additionally, some IWS appear to be sensitive to particular fleas and tick preventatives. Again, consultation with the breeder of the dog would be appropriate to find the most effective and safe product.
For more health information, please contact Dr. Laurel Baglia [email protected]