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Common Diseases and Disorders

The following diseases or disorders have been reported in the Irish wolfhound:

  • Gastric torsion, also known as bloat, is a life-threatening sudden illness associated with the stomach filling with air and twisting.

  • Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint that results in pain, lameness and arthritis.

  • Hypothyroidism results when the thyroid gland does not function adequately.

  • Cataracts cause a loss of the normal transparency of the lens of the eye. The problem can occur in one or both eyes and can lead to blindness.

  • Entropion is a problem with the eyelid that causes inward rolling. Lashes on the edge of the eyelid irritate the surface of the eyeball and may lead to more serious problems.

  • Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a serious heart condition that results in a large, thin walled heart muscle.

  • Atrial fibrillation is an arrhythmia of the heart. Can be asymptomatic or associated with dilated cardiomyopathy.

  • Pyoderma refers to deep skin infections.

  • Von Willebrand's disease is a disorder that results in the inability to clot blood. Affected animals will bleed extensively following trauma or surgery.

  • Osteocondrosis of the shoulder (OCD) is congenital problem that causes degenerative joint disease of the shoulder joint.

  • Lateral patellar luxation is a disorder affecting the kneecap.

  • Osteosarcoma is a type of cancer that typically arises in the bones of the limbs, or the appendicular skeleton.

  • Wobbler's syndrome is a malformation of the spine in the neck leading to weakness, staggering and potential paralysis.

  • Elbow hygroma, a fluid filled swelling of the elbows.

    Life Span

    The life expectancy of the Irish wolfhound is approximately 6 to 8 years.


    We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.









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