Cold Tail

This condition is known by several names including Frozen Tail or Dead Tail.

The first indication is that your setter will stop wagging his tail and then you will notice that the last two thirds of his tail will be hanging down at right angles to the first third when he does try to wag his tail or even when standing still. This looks incredibly strange when you are used to a tail that is normally held level with the back. 


Puppies are born without teeth and their baby teeth start growing about 4 weeks.

You may not see any of these puppy teeth fall out, which they start doing about 3- 4 months, and by then you will be very happy for your puppy to be losing them as these milk teeth are razor sharp and often inflict unintentional damage on you. 

The Good Citizen Dog Scheme

The Kennel Club runs The Good Citizen Dog Scheme which can be invaluable training for Irish Setters as well as being fun and promoting responsible dog ownership.  They supply a list of Good Citizen Dog Scheme classes throughout the UK.

There is the Puppy Foundation Assessment which aims to help puppies socialise and begin education and training.  There are also 3 awards: bronze, silver and gold which require higher levels of training at each stage.

Blue Green Algae (Cyanobacteria)

There are apparently many different types of blue-green algae which are found in water and which play an important part in its bio-diversity.  Usually they are there in small quantities which are harmless but in still, warm, sunny weather the algae multiply very quickly and become excessive.  They can be seen as a blue-green scum or bloom on the surface of ponds and lakes and even at the edge of the sea in some places.

Heat Stroke

Every year we seem to hear about dogs dying of heat stroke and the upsetting thing is that in most cases it needn’t have happened.  The most usual case is the dog left in a car on a hot day.   Even if the outside temperature is only pleasant, the temperature in the car can rise incredibly quickly and within a surprisingly short time it can be as high as 110-115 degrees Fahrenheit.

Elizabethan or E collars

These are the classic plastic “lampshade” collars used to stop dogs (and cats) scratching, pulling at bandages or stitches, licking wounds or chewing themselves.  When using an E collar try tying it, using a bandage, to your dog’s usual collar as this will stop him from removing it.  Stand in as big an area as possible when you first put it on him so he can get used to moving around without bumping into things.  A few titbits might help to take his mind off it.

Potential Poisons

It is very easy to assume that the food we eat is suitable for our pets.  This is not always the case and some very common foods can cause problems in dogs.  Some of these problems may only be mild, while others can be severe and even lead to death.  Obviously puppies and the oldies are the most vulnerable but, even fit and healthy adult dogs can be badly affected.  Here are the most common foods that cause problems but this list is not exhaustive.

Breed Standard

Reproduced by kind permission of the Kennel Club

First Aid

The pup below had to be taken to the vet when it broke its leg but there are ways you can prepare for emergencies and first aid can often save life.

phoebe leg

1. Keep the name, address and telephone number of your vet next to the phone.

2. Keep a pen and paper by the phone to take down instructions if necessary.  Maybe your vet uses a locum and you need that telephone number and directions to the surgery.

Legal Requirements

The Animal Welfare Act requires anyone who is responsible for a pet, to do what is reasonable to meet their welfare needs.  As a dog owner, it is your legal responsibility to do this.

A Pet’s Welfare Includes