Electronic General Health Survey on Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
Margaret Slater DVM PHD with assistance from Jacque Harbison
Department of Veterinary Anatomy & Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station TX
Survey conducted 1999-2000.

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Questionnaires were sent via email to 494 Wheaten-L members. List was purged of all SCWTCA and SCWTAC members, Benchmarks subscribers and Open Registry members since they were in the universe of mail survey. Surveys were not received by 105 owners due to invalid email addresses, four survey recipients did not own Wheatens, and one owner refused to participate. Therefore, 385 owners received an invitation to participate in completing the online survey. A reminder email was sent approximately one month after the original invitation to participate. In addition, a message was sent to the list serve. Two hundred Wheaten owners completed the online questionnaire giving a response rate of 52%. Information regarding the number of respondents and dogs in the survey is shown in Table 1.

Table 1: General survey information for the Wheatens in this study

Survey Information on Wheatens
Variable No.
Total number of dogs involved in the survey 350
Total number of dogs currently owned by respondents
Females currently owned
Males currently owned
308
175
133
Total number of deceased dogs in survey
Females deceased
Males deceased
42
21
21

The average number of Wheatens currently owned was 1, the median number of Wheatens currently owned was 1, and the number of Wheatens currently owned ranged from 1 to 10. The 350 Wheaten sample size for this survey is comprised of 308 currently owned Wheatens plus 42 deceased Wheatens. Table 2 shows the information for Wheatens included in this study. The "no data" column is for those Wheatens whose owners did not provide a response for that question.

Table 2: General information on the Wheatens included in this study

General Information on Wheatens from the Survey
Variable No. Median (Minimum,Maximum) No data
Years of owning Wheatens 200 4 (0, 27)  
Wheatens currently owned 308 1 (0, 10)  
Age of total currently owned
Age of males currently owned
Age of females currently owned
  3.2
3.5
3
(0.05,15.3)
(0.9, 15.3)
(0.05, 14.7)
62
61
1
Deceased Wheatens 42      
Overall lifespan of deceased (yrs)
Life span of deceased males (yrs)
Life span of deceased females (yrs)
  10.5
10.5
12
(0.3,16)
(1.75,16)
(0.3, 15.75)
1
1
 

Respondents were asked about the types of activities they participated in with their Wheatens. Respondents could choose more than one activity. Table 3 shows their responses.

Table 3: Wheaten/Owner activities in this study

Wheaten/Owner Activities
Activity No. of Owners
Pet/Companion 190 (61.7%)
Conformation 36 (11.7%)
Obedience 51 (16.6%)
Agility 21 (6.8%)
Therapy dog 13 (4.2%)
Other activities 16 (5.2%)
Herding 2 (0.6%)

Table 4 shows the health problems listed in the survey and the number of male and female Wheatens along with the percentage of total Wheatens with the problem.

Table 4: Descriptive statistics for health problems in the Wheaten survey

Descriptive statistics for health problems
Health Problem No.
males
% of
154
males
No.
females
% of
196
females
Bone or Skeletal
— Arthritis
— Hip Dysplasia
— Luxating Knee Cap
— Neck Pain
— Panosteitis
— Other
 
12
0
3
5
2
1
 
0.078
0
0.019
0.032
0.013
0.006
 
7
4
4
8
1
6
 
0.036
0.02
0.02
0.041
0.005
0.031
Skin
— Sebaceous Cysts
— Pyoderma (Skin Infection)
— Seborrhea
— Other
 
20
18
4
10
 
0.13
0.117
0.026
0.065
 
28
20
3
6
 
0.143
0.102
0.015
0.031
Allergies
— Inhalant (Atopy)
— Food
— Contact
— Flea
— Other
 
11
21
7
8
5
 
0.071
0.136
0.045
0.052
0.032
 
20
18
11
8
7
 
0.102
0.092
0.056
0.041
0.036
Eyes
— Cataracts
— Glaucoma
— PRA
— Blocked Tear Ducts
— Other
 
5
0
0
3
2
 
0.032
0
0
0.019
0.013
 
4
0
0
8
2
 
0.02
0
0
0.041
0.01
Mouth
— Missing Teeth
— Undershot Jaw
— Cleft Palate
— Other
 
6
2
0
1
 
0.039
0.013
0
0.006
 
2
3
0
6
 
0.01
0.015
0
0.031
Ears
— Deafness
— Chronic Infection
— Other
 
4
9
0
 
0.026
0.058
0
 
4
11
2
 
0.02
0.056
0.01
Muscle
— Inguinal Hernia
— Umbilical Hernia
— Myopathies
— Other
 
0
1
0
2
 
0
0.006
0
0.013
 
1
1
0
0
 
0.005
0.005
0
0
Neurologic
— Slipped Disc
— Seizures
— Horner's Syndrome
— Hydrocephalus
— Other
 
0
3
0
0
3
 
0
0.019
0
0
0.019
 
0
2
0
0
2
 
0
0.01
0
0
0.01
Blood
— Anemia
— Clotting Disorder
— Other
 
0
0
0
 
0
0
0
 
1
0
1
 
0.005
0
0.005
Heart/Circulatory
— Congenital Defect
— Congestive Heart Failure
— Other
 
1
0
0
 
0.006
0
0
 
0
1
0
 
0
0.005
0
Respiratory
— Pleural Effusion
— Pneumonia
— Other
 
0
1
1
 
0
0.006
0.006
 
0
0
4
 
0
0
0.02
Liver/Spleen
— Hepatitis
— Hepatic Shunt
— Gall Stones
— Other
 
1
0
1
1
 
0.006
0
0.006
0.006
 
1
1
0
1
 
0.005
0.005
0
0.005
Kidney & Urinal Tract
— Protein-losing Nephropathy (PLN)
— Renal Dysplasia
— Ectopic Ureter
— Incontinence
— Bladder Stones
— Other
 
0
2
0
0
1
4
 
0
0.013
0
0
0.006
0.026
 
2
2
1
10
0
7
 
0.01
0.01
0.005
0.051
0
0.036
Gastrointestinal
— Protein-losing Enteropathy (PLE)
— Inflammatory Bowel Disease
— Colitis
— Other
 
0
8
3
2
 
0
0.052
0.019
0.013
 
1
3
1
4
 
0.005
0.015
0.005
0.02
Endocrine
— Cushing's Syndrome
— Addison's Disease
— Hypothyroidism
— Diabetes
— Other
 
0
0
1
0
0
 
0
0
0.006
0
0
 
0
1
5
0
0
 
0
0.005
0.026
0
0
Temperament/Behavioral
— Rage Syndrome
— Fear Aggression
— Dog-Dog Aggression
— Phobias
— Other
 
3
6
12
25
9
 
0.019
0.039
0.078
0.162
0.058
 
0
2
9
30
5
 
0
0.01
0.046
0.153
0.026
Autoimmune Disease
— Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia
— Lupus
— Other
 
0
0
1
 
0
0
0.006
 
0
0
0
 
0
0
0
Reproductive Problems
— Uterine Infection (Pyometra)
— Dystocia
— Infertility
— Other
 
0
0
0
0
 
0
0
0
0
 
2
0
1
4
 
0.01
0
0.005
0.02
Non-malignant Tumors or Cysts    
Malignant Tumors    
Drug Reactions    
Vaccine Reactions    

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