The Irish Setter dog can suffer from:
- Hip dysplasia
- Gastric dilatation volvulus
- Canine leucocyte adhesion deficiency which is an inherited disorder where the immune system does not work properly.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy which is an inherited disorder where part of the eye degenerates and wastes away which can result in blindness.
- Osteosarcomas¹ which are a serious type of bone cancer.
- Epilepsy² which is a condition where abnormal brain function can lead to seizures which damage the brain.
- Entropion³ which is a painful eye condition where the eyelids roll inwards.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing:
- Hip dysplasia screening scheme
- Eye screening scheme
- DNA testing for canine leucocyte adhesion deficiency and progressive retinal atrophy which tests whether or not a dog has the potential to be affected by these conditions.
¹M. Szewczyk et al, 'What do we know about canine osteosarcoma treatment? – review', Sept 2014, Veterinary Research Communications
² F. Gruenenfelder et al, 'Research Communication Seizures and Sleep Disorders', May 2009, Handbook of Veterinary Practice
³I. Broek, 'Pedigree analysis and optimisation of the breeding program in the Irish Setter', June 2017, BSc Thesis Animal Breeding and Genetics