Health

Wheaten Health

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The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is basically a healthy dog who, given proper care and nourishment, will live a long and active life. All breeds, however, are susceptible to inherited disease and the Wheaten is no exception. Veterinary research has identified two possibly genetically transmitted conditions which seem to have a higher than normal incidence in Wheatens; protein-losing nephropathy (PLN) and protein-losing enteropathy (PLE). Addison’s Disease also occurs and renal dysplasia (RD) which has been a serious problem among Wheatens in other countries and there have been some cases of the disease in the United States. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America, Inc. is sponsoring research into all of these conditions. A tremendous amount of information about Wheaten health and reports regarding their health can be found on our parent club’s, SCWTCA, web site.

You may also want to visit the Canine Health Foundation Web site. The mission of the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, Inc. (CHF) is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat, and cure canine disease. The Foundation has established a series of goals as well as a strategy for achieving these goals.

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