Thinking About The Unthinkable

Thinking About The Unthinkable.

Caterpillar of the oak processionary moth



Caterpillar of the oak processionary moth. 


Compulsory Microchipping Law with effect from April 2016. 

In  April 2016, in England, Scotland and Wales, it became law for all dogs to be microchipped.

Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS)

Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) 

is a 24 hour emergency service for veterinary professionals.

The Veterinary Poisons Information Service was established in 1992 and has been providing 24 hour advice to veterinary professionals in the treatment of confirmed or suspected poisoning in animals.

Caring for the older dog


Train Your Dog

The following article appeared in a SEISC newsletter in 1987 and, with the exception of the numbers used in the first paragraph, it is just as relevant today as it was 30 years ago.

Today the numbers of dogs in UK, according to Pet Food Manufacturers Association’s Pet Population Report, now stands at 8.5 million dogs in 24% of households.

Guide Dogs for the Blind is now known as Guidedogs

Managing Your Dog's Weight

In 2016 The Kennel Club  launched an information guide on managing your dog's weight. Apparently it is estimated that about 45% of dogs are overweight and it is hoped this new guide can help owners of dogs that need to lose weight. The guide discusses how to tell if your dog is overweight, examines the cause of obesity and provides hints and tips to owners. If you are concerned about your dog's weight please consult your vet.

You and Your Irish Setter

The Irish Setter Breeders Club (ISBC) have produced an 18 page booklet with useful information for new owners of an Irish Setter.

There are sections on:

Feeding and Settling In

House Training and Socialising

Exercise/micro- chipping

Basic Training

Seasons and Spaying

To Spay or Not to Spay

To Neuter or Not to Neuter





Rescue Scheme/Books for Reference

The Irish Setter Breed Standard

If you would like to buy a copy then please contact Chris Sheldon at:

DEFRA Code of Practice

DEFRA Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs


This document gives advice on owning a dog.



Animal Welfare Act 2006

Breed Clubs

There are nine Breed Clubs in UK associated with The Kennel Club:


Belfast and District Irish Setter Club 

Irish Setter Association, England

Irish Setter Breeders' Club

Irish Setter Club of Scotland