I despair when breeders continue to produce puppies from an animal directly related to a dog that had severe bloat. And to do so after the start of the AHT study is unforgiveable! And to make matters worse the COI of the litter I'm…"
"To clear up any possible confusion:
Canagan’s mother’s pedigree name is/was Caskeys Vermillion at Bluesprings. The KC name indicates she was bred as a “Caskeys”. The suffix “Bluesprings” is/was used by…"
I was saddened to read your story about poor Sophie. We were Canagan’s owners and as you may have read went through similar experiences.
One of the contributors to this forum mentioned Prof Hall and he is without doubt an…"
"Yes it doesn't look like Sealegs is being sold anymore. We use Traveleeze, a pastile that has the same constituent Meclozine Hydrochoride and is available from Boots. It works for Clyde (now 2yrs old) who has suffered Travel Sickness from day…"
"Really great to read everyone having the same attitude and opinion saying castration isn't necessary and rarely beneficial. Even when a dog is aggresive or over sexed there is no guarantee that castration will sort the problem.
And yes most…"
All the sympathy in the world to you. Yes very cruel for the dog and so horrible for you the owner! Certainly put me off having another UK IS. Such a shame because they are the best dog in the world to have!
Most likely does have some form…"
"Yes Bloat is a real issue within IS. Other breeds suffer the problem including as Sue mentions English Setters. The problem is multifactorial but due in the main to shape, digestion and temperament that being the manner and ability of the dogs to…"
"I now understand why it appears confusing as I now realise there are two Eva's contributing to this discussion! My apologies for that!
I was agreeing with Eva that what we feed is more important than necessarily the height of the bowl. But I…"
"I couldn't agree more with you that trying to control all the factors is extremely important. I relate stress which is the ultra mega important influence with the temperament and the dogs ability to deal with stressful situations (that is their…"
"We have had experiences feeding our dogs both with a raised bowl and with it left on the floor. General opinion suggested that if a dog was eating quickly it would be more prone to swallowing air as it gulped the food from the bowl on the floor but…"
For the past three years we have lived for most of the time in a little village in Northern France. Our older dog (The front one in the picture) is now 4yrs and the younger one (behind) who has spent most of his time ill is now 2½yrs.
Hello Garrech and Canagan,
Welcome to this site! You will find all sorts of topics here, something for everyone.
I do hope your boy makes a full recovery.You will find many people here with a serious concern for the breed.
There is a new health data collection to be started soon in Britain, I just read the information in the Irish Setter Breeder's Club Newsletter. So maybe something is moving at last...
all the best
Welcome to this site1 I have been onto your website and I am .....lost for words......thank you for publishing it all...I hope this becomes known around the UK I also hope Fergus gets better soon
Hi all, sorry to read about all the problems with your boy, bloat is a real worry for anybody with an irish, may I also suggest looking into a food called Orijen, you only need small amounts and this may help.
Thanks for sharing your story with us .
Hi Peter and Elaine,
Just received your reply, thats our eldest Jake, he is 6, Oscar is now 2, read somewhere that old time vets always suggested milk of magnesia to help with a dog indegestion, never tried it with ours, good luck and keep in touch.
i am so very sorry to hear of your very ill dog and hope eventually you can get him back to better health.its so dreadful when these illnesses rear their ugly heads especially in dogs so young.ive also read your website on what its like from your dogs point of view.its so very sad. i lost my first irish to bloat she was 14 and its horrific to watch how distressed and in pain they are we now feed our dogs on tripe.
my layla who is 5 as the late onset of pra and she is totally blind now.theres still plenty of tears because as you say they should be running around doing things normal setters do.the only consolation i have is that its a painless disease and she is adapting pretty well to the situation
once again welcome to the site
Hi Peter and Elaine,
just thinking of you and the dogs! not that I have experienced bloat before....I did have a dog who lived to nearly 15 but tended to have a gurgly stomach in the morning....but that would be cured instantly by feeding him a little tit bit like a piece of cheese! I would like to hear about the specialist diagnosis next week.