English Setter Health Problems and Raising an English Setter Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014
The most common health problems in English Setters:
The most common orthopedic diseases in English Setters are hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia.
- The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 8255 English Setters and 17% were dysplastic. That's very high, and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. (Confirming this, the English Setter Club reports a hip dysplasia rate of around 24%.) For comparison, Irish Setters have a 12% hip dysplasia rate.
- Elbows are nearly as bad – of 1600 elbow X-rays, 15.5% were dysplastic (the 13th worst rate of 82 breeds). Irish Setters have only a 3.5% rate.
According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, English Setters have THE HIGHEST rate of hypothyroidism of 140 breeds. Up to 40% of English Setters are affected. The OFA Thyroid Database ranks English Setters 1st of 60 breeds (their figures says that up to 50% of the breed is affected. Low thyroid levels are very treatable, but do require lifelong medication.
Allergies cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma), especially in show lines with excessive skin folds. Ear infections are common in English Setters due to the long pendulous ears and long hairs inside the ear canals.
Inherited deafness occurs in about 10% of the breed.
Eye diseases in English Setters include progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion), and cataracts.
Blood-clotting diseases include hemophilia A and von Willebrand's disease.
Other health issues of concern in English Setters include heart disease, lysosomal storage disease, and tumors/cancer.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR English Setter?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in English Setters today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find an English Setter puppy who is genetically healthy.
- Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your English Setter puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy English Setter puppy or adult dog:
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Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your English Setter lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your English Setter
The best diet for feeding your English Setter is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.
The Second-Best Dog Food For Your English Setter
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.
Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your English Setter puppy really need? Does your adult English Setter need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.
The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.
Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female English Setter.
Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.
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