Royal Veterinary College: Pandemic Puppies Survey

Royal Veterinary College: Pandemic Puppies Survey Pandemic Puppies: Exploring puppy buying during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic (UK)   We are all aware from many sources that unusually high numbers of puppies have been bought since the COVID-19 pandemic started in the UK and the ‘Pandemic Puppies’ study, being carried out … Read more


UPDATE ON CANINE HEALTH SCHEMES AS ENGLAND ENTERS SECOND NATIONAL LOCKDOWN  In light of the national four-week lockdown that began in England yesterday (5 November), the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and The Kennel Club (KC) have announced the following changes to the Canine Health Schemes (CHS) in order to follow … Read more

KC Health Projects

KC Health Projects have been added in the Health section. There is a list of research projects on the Kennel Club website and although there are not any specific to Irish Setters some owners might be able to contribute to research covering all breeds. Bringing about research collaboration (BARC) Genetics … Read more

Hip and Elbow submissions

Good News BVA are now able to accept and process hip and elbow submissions, with weekly scoring sessions commencing from the 8th July. However, this will depend on whether individual practices are able to undertake imaging and their specific guidelines. Eye testing sessions have also commenced, and available panellists are … Read more

Water Intoxication

A new section now included in Ownership covering Water Intoxication

Lucy’s Law

Third – party puppy sales banned in England from Monday 6 April 2020. See government article in Puppies Section

Parentage Testing

An article on Parentage Testing has been added to the Ownership section written by Dr June Swinburne director of Animal DNA Diagnostics.

Update on Canine Health Schemes from the Kennel Club

We are sending this email below on behalf of the BVA.   “In light of the COVID-19 pandemic Canine Health Schemes wanted to update you on how this will affect your Hip and Elbow Dysplasia submissions and Eye Examinations.   Following recent government advice, we have taken a number of … Read more

Health section : Spay incontinence Update

A  further study published in 2019 “Associations between neutering and early onset urinary incontinence in UK bitches under primary veterinary care” also indicates that spaying may affect urinary incontinence in bitches and Irish Setters are one of the breeds mentioned. The conclusion of the study states: Neutering itself and age … Read more