Complete Guide To Irish Red And White Setter Care

Posted by on Feb 21, 2006 in Dogs, Irish Red And White Setter, Pets | Comments Off on Complete Guide To Irish Red And White Setter Care

irish red and white setter care tipsRaising dogs, especially providing care for the irish red and white setter, is nothing new for people across the globe. Experts believe that dogs were domesticated between 12,000 and twenty five thousand years ago—and that dogs evolved from the wolf. Since then, people have selectively bred more than 400 breeds, varying in size from four-pound teacup poodles all the way up to Irish wolfhounds, who have earned the distinction of the tallest dog. But the most preferred dogs are non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mixed-breeds. The irish red and white setter is also a popular choice with dog owners. Many owners are misinformed, however, of many important irish red and white setter care tips.

Typical health care cost for your irish red and white setter

The annual budget for caring for your irish red and white setter—which includes everything from food and snacks, veterinary care, toys and license—can range between $420 and $780. This does not even consider capital costs for spay/neuter operations, collar and leash, a dog carrier and crate. Tip: Be positive you have procured all your items before getting your irish red and white setter home.

General irish red and white setter Care

How To Feed your irish red and white setter

  • irish red and white setter pups between eight and twelve weeks old need four meals in a day.
  • irish red and white setter puppies 3 to 6 months old should be fed three meals every 24 hour period.
  • Feed puppies six months old to 1 year 2 times per day.
  • By the time the irish red and white setter reaches her 1st birthday, 1 bowl daily is enough.
  • Some irish red and white setters, however, prefer two smaller bowls. It is your job to learn your irish red and white setter’s eating tendencies.

Top-quality dry dogfood ensures balanced nutrition for full-grown irish red and white setters and may be mixed with broth, water, or canned food. Your irish red and white setter may also be fond of cooked eggs, cottage cheese, and fruits and vegetables, but these additions should be less than 10 percent of his daily nutrition intake. irish red and white setter puppies ought to be given a high-quality, name brand puppy food. Please cut down on “people food”, though, since it can cause mineral and vitamin deficiencies, bone and teeth issues, and may cause very finicky eating habits and obesity. Give fresh, potable water only, and be sure to clean food and water bowls daily.

irish red and white setter Care Tips: Make sure your irish red and white setter gets some daily physical activity

irish red and white setters must get some daily physical activity in order to stay in shape, stimulate their minds, and maintain their health. Daily physical activity also really helps irish red and white setters avoid boredom, which often leads to naughty behavior. Outside playtime would satisfy many of your irish red and white setter’s instinctual urges to chase, retrieve, chew, dig and herd. Exercise needs can depend on your irish red and white setter’s level of health and his or her age—but 10 minutes in back of the house and a couple of walks down the street every day probably will not be sufficient. If your irish red and white setter is a six to eighteen month adolescent, his requirements will be a little more.

irish red and white setter Grooming Tips

You can help reduce shedding and keep your irish red and white setter clean with regular brushing. Check for fleas and ticks daily during the summer or other warm weather. Sometimes irish red and white setters don’t need to be bathed more than a few times a year. Before the bath, comb or cut out any and all mats from the irish red and white setter’s coat. Rinse all soap from the coat, or dirt will stick to the soap.

How to Handle Your irish red and white setter

Pups are clearly the easiest to handle. While carrying the irish red and white setter pup, place one hand beneath your dog’s chest, with either the forearm or other hand supporting his hind legs and rump. Never attempt to grab or lift your pup by her forelegs, tail or back of the neck. When you need to lift a larger, adult irish red and white setter, pick it up from the underside, supporting his chest with 1 of your arms and rear end with the other.

How to House your irish red and white setter

Your irish red and white setter needs a comfortable quiet spot to rest apart from all the breezes and off the floor or ground. You might want to think about buying a dog bed, or make one from a wood box. Place a clean comforter, sheet, or pillow inside the bed for cushioning. Wash your irish red and white setter’s bedding frequently. If the irish red and white setter will be spending a lot of time outdoors, be certain he has plenty of cool water and covering in hot weather, and a warm, dry, covered shelter in winter.

irish red and white setter Licensing and Identification

Your town has licensing rules to heed. Make certain to connect the license to your irish red and white setter’s collar. This, along with an ID tag or tattoo, can easily help secure your irish red and white setter’s return should she become lost.

irish red and white setter Behavior Information

About Training your irish red and white setter

Well-behaved, companion irish red and white setters can truly be a blessing. But untrained, your irish red and white setter can be a pain. Teaching your irish red and white setter the standards—”Heel”, “Off”, “Sit”, “Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, and “Leave it”—will strengthen your relationship with both the irish red and white setter as well as your family. If you have a puppy, start training him on manners asap! Use a treat as incentive and reward. Pups can commence obedience class when they have been sufficiently immunized. Call your local SPCA or humane society for obedience school recommendations. Invariably you should keep your irish red and white setter leashed while in public, even while a pup. Just be sure your irish red and white setter will come back to you every time you say so. A disobedient or aggressive irish red and white setter should not play with other people.

The Health of Your irish red and white setter

irish red and white setters should see the veterinarian for a full diagnosis, shots and heartworm test annualy, and as soon as possible when she is injured or ill.

irish red and white setter Oral Health

Although we might object to our irish red and white setter’s bad breath, we should be aware of what it may be a sign of. Bad breath usually indicates that your irish red and white setter is in need of an oral examination. Plaque , which is brought on by unhealthy bacteria creates a terrible smell that requires treatment by a professional. Once your irish red and white setter has had a professional oral cleaning, her gums and teeth may be maintained by feeding a special diet focused on dental health, eliminating table food, and regular brushing. The veterinarian can show you more information for eliminating dental ailments and bad breath. You should clean your irish red and white setter’s teeth with a doggie paste or a simple baking soda and water paste twice weekly. Use a child’s soft toothbrush, a gauze pad or a piece of nylon stocking stretched over your finger. Some irish red and white setters are prone to periodontal disease, also known as an infection between the tooth and the gum. This dreadful affliction can cause loss of your irish red and white setter’s teeth as well as propagate infections to her body. Veterinarians should clean the teeth as a regular part of your irish red and white setter’s health screening.

irish red and white setter Halitosis

Although the foul odors brought on by oral disease may not be very serious if found early enough, sometimes odors may be indicative of fairly serious, long-term problems. Liver or intestinal diseases sometimes also cause halitosis, while a sweet, even pleasant smell may usually be indicative of diabetes. Kidney disease is a possibility when your irish red and white setter’s breath smells of urine or ammonia. Set an appointment with a veterinarian whenever your irish red and white setter has halitosis along with other signs of disease like excessive urinating or drinking, depression or lethargy, weight loss, nausea, or decreased appetite.

irish red and white setter Tick and Flea Issues

Daily inspections of your irish red and white setter for fleas and ticks throughout the summer are of utmost importance. Use a flea comb to find and remove fleas. There are many new technologies of flea elimination. Consult your irish red and white setter’s doctor about these and other recommendations.

Heartworm problems in irish red and white setters

Your irish red and white setter is at risk of developing heartworms if he is exposed to lots of mosquitoes. The insect carries the worm from dog to dog. Several irish red and white setters die each year due to heartworm infections. It is wise to make sure your irish red and white setter takes a blood test for heartworms each and every spring—this is necessary for detecting infections from the prior year. It is also good to give your irish red and white setter a once-a-month pill throughout mosquito season to help you protect her from heartworms. If you travel in warmer regions with your irish red and white setter during the winter, she should be on the preventive medicine during the trip. In some more moderate regions, vets recommend preemptive heartworm medication be taken all year.

Medications and Poisons

If you’re contemplating giving your irish red and white setter tablets that was not prescribed for her by his veterinarian, forget it. Are you aware that one ibuprofen tablet causes ulcers in irish red and white setters? Make sure your irish red and white setter is never exposed to rat poison and other rodenticides. If you have reason to suspect that your pooch has consumed a toxin, contact the vet or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for 24-hour animal poison information.

irish red and white setters: Spaying and Neutering

It is recommended that male irish red and white setters should be neutered – the extraction of the testes – and females spayed – the removal of the uterus and ovaries – by six months of age. Spaying before maturity significantly reduces the risk of breast cancer, which is a usually deadly and common ailment of older females. Spaying also eliminates the risk of a diseased uterus, a very serious issue in older females that necessitates intensive medical care and surgery. Neutering male irish red and white setters eliminates the risk of prostate and testicular diseases, some hernias and certain types of aggression.

irish red and white setter Innoculating

  • The combo vaccine (also called a “5-in-1 shot”) ought to be given to your irish red and white setter at two, 3, and four months old and then once annually. This immunization protects your pup from hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and distemper. Your irish red and white setter puppy’s immunization regimen cannot be completed prior to 4 months of age.
  • If your irish red and white setter has not been innoculated and is older than four months, he will need to be given two innoculations promptly, two to 3 weeks apart. After that you must vaccinate every year.
  • Your irish red and white setter pup’s socialization should coincide with the immunization program. Many doctors advise that new owners take their irish red and white setter pups to socialization classes, beginning at 8 to nine weeks of age. They should have already received their first innoculations by then.

Because laws are so different between different areas, call a community veterinarian to get information about rabies immunization. For instance, in NYC, the rule states that any pets older than 3 months must be vaccinated for rabies. The initial rabies immunization must be followed by a subsequent shot the following year, and then every three years after that. There are several innoculations that may effective for your irish red and white setter. Ask your irish red and white setter’s vet for her opinion. Also, if your irish red and white setter gets sick because he is not immunized, do not give the vaccination until the dog has made a full recovery.

Worms in irish red and white setters

irish red and white setters are often exposed to worms—even in urban areas. Microscopic eggs produced by roundworms are transmitted through an infested dog’s feces. Most pups, from all environments, even those with healthy mothers, carry roundworms or hookworms. The secret to treatment is correct diagnosis. Early, accurate diagnosis maximizes the possibility that prescribed treatment will be highly effective against your dog’s worms. A dewormer that eradicates roundworms, for example, won’t kill tapeworms. Your vet can best define the culprit—and assign the most effective medication.

Additional irish red and white setter Care Tips

irish red and white setter Supply Checklist

  • Excellent-quality dog food and treats specifically designed for irish red and white setters and similarly-sized dogs
  • Food dish
  • Water dish
  • As many safe toys as you can provide, especially chewable
  • Comb & brush for grooming, including flea comb
  • Collar with identification tag and license
  • Leash
  • Carrier (for puppies)
  • Training crate
  • Box or dog bed with warm quilt or towel
  • Child’s toothbrush

Warnings to be Heeded

The following items should never be fed to irish red and white setters:

  • Alcohol, beer, wine or liquor
  • Coffee, tea, or chocolate
  • Grapes or raisins
  • Spoiled or moldy food
  • Onions, garlic or chives
  • Chicken, turkey, or any other poultry bones
  • Salt and salty foods
  • Tomato leaves, stems or unripe fruit
  • Dough

Final Thoughts

Unless you are at home, or in a secured, fenced-in place, keep your irish red and white setter on a leash at all times. When your irish red and white setter defecates on your neighbor’s lawn, on the sidewalk or any other public spot, please remove it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about irish red and white setters

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