Pre-Breeding Screening

December 4, 2010
The following pre-breeding health screenings have been recommended by the Whippet Health Foundation (WHF) and accepted by the American Whippet Club. These tests have been accepted by the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) for Whippets to acquire CHIC certification. In addition, your Whippet must be recorded in the WHF open database. Obtaining a CHIC number is an option for owners. Because CHIC will not accept direct test or certification results from the Whippet Health Foundation database, the echocardiogram, BAER, thyroid and hip results must be sent in to OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals). These will then be automatically viewable on your dog’s individual page within the WHF database.
Required:
The Whippet must be in the Whippet Health Foundation database
CERF (yearly)
Echocardiogram by a board certified cardiologist (yearly)
BAER (once)
Recommended:
Thyroid testing by an approved lab (every other year)
Myostatin Deficiency Test (once)
OFA Hips OR PennHIP evaluation (once)
We strongly encourage Whippet owners to submit test results to the Whippet Health Foundation open database at www.whippethealth.org.  It is our hope that the WHF database becomes the most used resource for Whippet owners searching for Whippet health records and information.
Thank you very much for supporting the WHF!
Mary Beth Arthur
Whippet Health Foundation