|Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue
The Healthy Setter
by Lauren Smith
On the Healthy Setter Page we will go over issues that affect setters as well as food,
supplements, exercise, grooming, and preventative recommendations. There will also be a
section on the dangers that affect all pets. There will be some personal stories that may help
explain some of the recommendations. As always, your vet will have the information that will
best help you and your dog. The internet is a very useful resource in examining the different
approaches and opinions towards animal care and I urge you to research and educate yourself
on all aspects of animal care so that you will be better informed when calling or visiting your vet.
I have actually given my vet information they didn't know about yet or had a hand in helping
diagnose my pet. That always feels good! Now, if they would just give me a break on the bill.
Here are pictures of my 4 setters. The picture of health and perfection huh? Not even close!
Faith suffers from
has survived a
broken neck and
Faith is also deaf.
Chandler has a sensitive
stomach, has harbored
giardia in his intestines
for well over a year and
is underweight. He has
also survived surgery
for swallowing 12 baby
Archie has food
and flea allergies.
Becca, my foster, came
to me a matted, flea-
ridden mess. She also
has Lyme Disease and is
Bloat is the second leading killer of dogs after cancer. Bloat is something that Setters can be
prone to. A dog showing signs of bloat should be immediately brought to a vet, this could be
the difference between life and death. The following link describes in great detail the signs of
bloat as well as good ways to lessen the chances your dog will ever suffer from this. Please read
this fully, I cannot stress enough the importance for all dog owners to know this info.
Poisons in the home and yard pose a very real threat to
all dogs. This link provides a very thorough list of those
dangers. There are also toxic items that you and I eat or
use every day you would never know could cause a
serious reaction in your dog. Worth printing out for your
As the premier animal poison control center in North America,
the APCC is your best resource for any animal poison-related
emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think that
your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance,
make the call that can make all the difference: (888) 426-4435.
A $55 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.
Diseases and Defects
Diseases and defects that Setters are prone to are
listed in the following link. The most important issue
around 2-4 years of age is recommended and
medicine can control this disorder quite well. Food
allergy and dysplasia are also common problems in the
Setter. Deafness can occur in about 10% of all pups
born. Check out the following link for a run-down of
some common disorders.
Grooming your Setter should be an important part of his
care. The feathers can get matted very quickly. The hair
should be trimmed around the ears and neck as well as
their feet. That will also help greatly with setter messiness
on your floors!!!!
The food you choose to feed is probably the most important
decision you can make for the over-all health of your English
Setter. Here is a link to the best foods available for all dogs. There
is also a link for going with a raw diet, which is getting very
popular among dog owners. My advice is to look at the list and
find a food that meets the requirements of your dog's age,
weight, breed and make sure it is available near you or by ordering
on-line. Never buy grocery store foods, they are made with corn
and non- human-grade meats. Corn is not good for dogs and
neither are the meat parts not fit for human consumption. A
good food will bring a beautiful coat, a healthy digestive system
and, if fed right, the ideal weight.
Vet visits are a very important part of pet-ownership. All pets
should be seen by a vet once a year for the necessary check-ups
and tests. All should be tested yearly for heartworm and Lyme
disease. You can then make choices on what flea and heartworm
protection is best for your dog. Immunizations are the topic of
much debate. Right now the recommendations are rabies and
booster shots every 3 years. I would never do them any sooner
than that. Most feel a puppy series of all shots and then the series again as they approach
seniorhood will be enough to cover them through life, I tend to agree with that but am waiting
for more research before making any changes. I know for a fact the shots work as I had 2
pups exposed to parvo and they had shots and one without shots came down with it. To me,
personal experience is very important, but so is research. There is info all over the web on this
very subject. Please, make sure to have your pet seen yearly for a check-up and as often as
necessary for any illnesses or problems that arise.
I will end with the exercise needs of the English Setter. No link
necessary here. A tired setter is a good setter! If they have
the adequate exercise while outdoors, they will be quiet and all
they get-be prepared for your home to become a speedway!
They must be able to release the energy that they were born
with. A couple of hours outside looking at wildlife from the
safety of a fenced yard or a nice long run system will tire them
out pretty well. A nice long jog or a trip to the dog park
where they can run and play is another nice energy burner.
The best exercise, I think, is when you have more than one
dog chasing each other around and playing together. After a
nice session outside running around together, you will have
some couch potatoes once indoors! No matter what form
you use, they must have a couple hours a day to burn off their
energy. All will be much happier.
For some very good advice, please join our email group. We
will try our hardest to help you solve any problem that arises.
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