The best information we currently have on the incidence of health problems in the breed at the moment is from the recent health survey we conducted in 2015. The results of which can be found by clicking the relevant link below.
Please use the links below to report health problems and causes of death to us.
Unfortunately allergies, like in humans are a complicated condition to tackle with there being no definitive cure or treatment. The extent to which the condition is inherited is not known. It is something we are keen to investigate further. Although this condition didn’t feature dramatically in the health survey, it is something we are hearing about regularly “on the grapevine”. Problematically this health issue can occur for a number of different reasons, with genetics only being one of them. The mode of inheritance in these cases is unknown.
There are several steps which we advise if your dog is diagnosed with epilepsy:
- It is critically important for the owners of dogs affected by this condition report back to their dogs breeders to allow them to take proactive steps to reduce it from their breeding program.
- We are also keen to hear about dogs affected by this. Please report it using the health reporting survey button below or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can get help and support from people experienced in dealing with this condition.
There have been a number of cases of hip dysplasia in the breed. It is generally accepted that hip scoring breeding “stock” gives a useful insight into the status of their hips. This can obviously form part of a picture when breeding from that dog.
The breed median score for Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla as published by the BVA in June 2015 is 11. The recommendation from the BVA is that dogs to be bred from have hip scores around or ideally below the breed median score and that the scores of other closely related dogs are also considered. Information on Hip Scoring
A relatively newly discovered condition in the breed. Although there have only been a small number of clinical cases of the disease that we are aware of, the great news is this is a condition which we can eradicate easily. The inheritance is straight forward and the mutated gene can easily be detected by a simple DNA test, thus enabling breeders to select not to produce affected dogs. Information on Urate Stone Disorder
Short Ulna Syndrome
Short ulna syndrome is a term used to describe the condition whereby one or both of the ulnar physes (these are sometimes called growth plates and are areas of cartilage from where the bone grows) close prematurely, often secondary to trauma. In large breed dogs, the condition can also be caused by abnormal cartilage turnover. In addition to this, overnutrition (excess calcium, calories or an overweight puppy) is speculated to play a role in the development of this disease, particularly in breeds thought to be genetically predisposed e.g Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds and the Bassett Hound.
The treatment, should treatment be required, is surgery. If diagnosed in a young puppy, where there is still substantial growth potential, cutting the ulna bone relieves the constraining effect on the radius allowing continued limb growth and releasing pressure upon the joint surfaces.
In more mature dogs, a corrective osteotomy and stabilisation (bone cut and fixation with plates and screws or an external frame) can be used to realign and stabilise the joint and limb for more normal configuration. If the condition is diagnosed later, joint instability and degenerative joint changes may be too far progressed and reconstructive surgery can be less effective.
In the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla the Association is aware of only 3 SUS cases. The puppies are siblings.
Health Reporting Form
Please keep us informed of any health problems in your HWV by clicking on this link
Report a Cause of Death
You can inform us of an HWV’s cause of death by clicking on this link
HWVA Health Survey 2015
AHT/ HWVA Health Survey 2010
|AHT Report of Health Survey||AHT Mortality Report of Health Survey|
|HWVA\’s summary of Health Survey Report||HWVA\’s summary of Health Survey Mortality Report|
Kennel Club Purebred Dog Health Survey 2006
|Summary results of the Purebred Dog Health Survey for all breeds||Summary results of the Purebred Dog Health Survey for Hungarian Wirehaired Viszlas|