No one likes to think of the time when we might lose our Wheaten companion. The moment we lose them is very emotional and
sensitive and a time when the pain of grief can cloud our better judgement.
At a time like this, suggestions of a post mortem are almost unthinkable, but the last loving act could be to allow your Wheaten to provide valuable medical information, that may benefit the breed in future.
Therefore, if your dog is suspected as having or has died of an hereditary disease, please inform your breeder and the SCWT Club of GB.
We appreciate that this is a difficult task to take on board so soon after death, but it could help and reassure you that it may not be necessary for a ‘full body’ post mortem to be
carried out. Often, all that may be required, unless there are serious concerns over the cause of death, is to take the kidneys and/or intestine.
If you would like your Wheaten to make this valuable contribution, it may help to discuss the possibility with your Veterinary
Practice, so that they are aware of your wishes in advance.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this matter.
Wheaten Health Initiative
The request for pathological examination should be made through your veterinary surgeon, to a suitable veterinary facility with
experience in performing Post Mortems on Wheaten Terriers. The Club of Great Britain has arrangements with The University of Cambridge
(details below) to undertake post mortems.
They will charge for their services, as will your Vet and the cost of the process will depend on whether a whole body or tissue
samples are required.
The SCWT Club of GB Health Fund is available to help with post mortem costs in cases where inheritable disease may be present.
The Club in return requires a copy of the post mortem report.
For more information contact the SCWT Club of GB Health Team on: email@example.com
Your post mortem report will go back to the referring veterinarian, who would then relay the report to you.
Important - Please give your Vet all this information so he/she knows the correct storage procedure and who to contact – this is very important.
Ideally the post mortem needs to take place:
The tissue sample required is: -
Two kidneys, cut in half, and preserved in 10x volume of 10% buffered formalin.
The following should be collected before euthanasia and sent with the other items:
Blood: 5ml serum AND a maximum of 5ml in EDTA (anticoagulant).
Urine: A sample of at least 5ml from the bladder should
Please note: If there has been a presence of GI disease previous to clinically evident PLN, this could be a sign of both conditions
(PLE and PLN). In this case intestinal samples should be included.
The tissue samples required are: -
Half-inch (12.5mm) long sections of the duodenum, jejunum
and ileum preserved
in neutral buffered formalin solution.
Please Note : these samples should be taken within an hour or two after death due to rapid deterioration of the gut.
The following should be collected before
euthanasia and sent with the other items:
If possible, the following should be included:
Urine: A sample of at least 5ml.
All samples should be carefully packed and sent first class post to:
The University of Cambridge
Central Diagnostic Services
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Tel: 01223 337625 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is advisable that your veterinarian notifies Cambridge that a sample is being sent for post mortem. But, as this is a new service
arranged following the closure of the AHT, we also ask that you email:
OR Tracy Hammond
who are members of the Health Team and will alert Cambridge Diagnostic
Services that a Wheaten sample will be arriving.