Irish Setter On-line Health Survey

Professor E. Hall – Chairman of Joint Breed Clubs Health & Welfare Sub-Committee

 

The Health Coordinators of all Irish Setter Associations and Clubs agree that it is important we obtain a snapshot of the state of Irish setter health with respect to known and suspected inherited disease. They also wish to identify those conditions that setter owners believe have the most serious impact on the health and welfare of their dogs, so that future initiatives can be targeted at the most important conditions.

To gather this information, two parallel online surveys have been set up; one for breeding bitches and one for all other setters. The surveys ask about any conditions that arose during the period from January 2005 to December 2010 in dogs that you either reared or owned. The more data we collect the better, but please do not enter information about other dogs that may have been reported anecdotally to you; instead encourage the dog's owner to complete the survey.

The survey should not take too long to complete; you only have to enter data about setters if you have had one or more affected by a listed specific condition. To help there is brief description of each condition listed that can be viewed by clicking on the "More Info" button.

Entries are completely anonymous and cannot be traced, in order to encourage complete and honest reporting. The results will be analysed by the Chair of the Health Coordinators Committee, Professor Ed Hall, and publicised in due course.

To access the surveys follow these links:

For breeding bitches (bitches who have had one or more litters)

www.survey.bris.ac.uk/smvsfa/irishsetter-breeding

For all Irish Setters except breeding bitches (this includes stud dogs; and pet dogs and bitches not bred from)

www.survey.bris.ac.uk/smvsfa/irishsetter-dog

The survey will close on September 30 2011.

By participating you will be aiding efforts to improve the health of our breed.

Thank you in anticipation

Ed Hall

 

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