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Irish Setter

  • WEIGHT: 60 to 70 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 25 to 27 inches
  • COLOR(S): Mahogany or rich chestnut red with no trace of black. May have white markings.
  • BREED GROUP: Sporting
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Health Directory for Dogs and Puppies

Health Directory for Puppies & Dogs
by Jack Russell

Diagnosing health issues for dogs or puppies is far different than dealing with illnesses in humans. One of the most obvious difficulties is that dogs cannot communicate as to where they hurt, but more than that, many dogs don’t show that they are in pain. This can lead to the dog’s health deteriorating for quite some time if the owners are not diligent in checking their dogs regularly. For example, a dog with severe tooth decay would be in much pain, but outwardly they would not display symptoms until the issue became very extreme. At other times, excessive scratching, shaking, limping or other subtle signs might hint at health problems. By knowing what to look for and how to check, we can help keep our pets healthy and treat them properly when they do need medical attention.

Puppy Health
  • Main Dog Diseases: A brief guide to the main and most dangerous diseases that can affect dogs.
  • Dog Health Diagnoses & Diseases: This is a comprehensive website covering all of the major dog health issues, with focal areas on canine first aid, general hygiene, and health problems affecting puppies and old dogs.
  • Pet Health Library: An alphabetical list of dog diseases (also sorted by category) with information on symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Canine Health Problems by Breed: A list of the ailments that are most commonly found in each breed of dog. (Note that many of these problems are normally only detected in the later years of the dog’s life.)
  • Dental Care for Dogs: Dental disease in dogs can best be detected by unusually bad breath or the loss of teeth. This website features video demonstrations on how to check canine teeth and additional information that pet owners can take to prevent infections.
  • Ear Yeast Infections: Long, floppy-eared dogs are especially prone to yeast infections, and this can often go undetected until it has become more severe. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of ear infection and clean it properly.
  • Dog Eye Infections: Find out how to determine whether your dog has an eye infection and how to take care of it.
  • Dry Noses: Dogs’ noses are usually wet and when they turn dry, change color, become cracked, it can be a sign of infection.
  • Checking for Fleas: Fleas are so tiny that they can be hard to spot but there are several ways to check and treat dogs with fleas.
  • Ticks on Dogs: Ticks are small parasites that attach themselves to the dog’s body in order to suck out blood. They also spread diseases in this way, so it is important to be vigilant and regularly check for ticks, especially if the dog frequently plays with other dogs or visits areas where many other dogs are present (such as dog parks or kennels).
  • Detecting Worms & Parasites: Dogs can easily pick up worms and similar parasites that grow in their intestines and cause numerous illnesses. This guide outlines several home remedies.
  • Paw Problems: There are many issues that can affect unprotected paws. If the dog is limping or excessively licking its paws, use this guide to perform a thorough inspection and treatment.
  • Hip Problems: Canine Hip Dysplasia affects many large breed dogs. This site includes a chart of symptoms with further information on the disease.
  • Lumps and Bumps: It can be alarming to find a strange lump on your dog’s body, but quite often they may simply be fatty deposits called Lipomas, often formed in older dogs.
  • Mast Cell Tumors: This site goes into great detail about cancerous tumors in dogs. Since it is hard to tell whether newly formed lumps on a dog’s body are benign lipomas or cancerous tumors, it is best to have a vet perform a detailed examination.
  • Dehydration in Dogs: A list of symptoms to diagnose heat stroke or dehydration in dogs, with instructions on how to provide emergency treatment.
  • Frostbitten Dogs: In colder areas, dogs can be prone to frostbite if they remain outside unprotected for too long. This guide outlines how to help them recuperate at home and teaches when professional aid is necessary.
  • Shaking or Trembling: This guide lists possible health problems which can be indicated by uncommon shaking or trembling in different parts of the dog’s body.
  • Dog Allergies: Dogs can be allergic to different types of foods (including standard dog foods), fleas, plants and various other substances.
  • Vomiting, Diarrhea and Constipation: Digestive issues are among the most common ones that ail dogs and tend to cause much distress to owners. This guide details symptoms, reasons and treatments for canine digestive problems.
  • Dog Diabetes: A detailed site all about dog diabetes, how to detect and treat it.
  • Obese Dogs: Rapid weight-gain in dogs can lead to numerous fatal health problems and it is important to learn how to spot the signs and change the dog’s diet accordingly.
  • Vaccinations for Dogs: Information on the types of vaccinations that dogs need, and how often they need to receive booster shots.

 
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