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This page is constructed to help Irish Setter owners find information about health challenges that some Irish Setters may face. Also consult the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation website for up to the minute information about research in naturally occurring disease in dogs:

Click the links below for available podcasts and webinars with the latest information from the AKC Canine Health Foundation:


Participants Needed for A Study on Early Detection and Risk Assessment of Canine Osteosarcoma

Exciting information from the ISCA Foundation and the AKC Canine Health Foundation:

A ground breaking study about early detection of Osteosarcoma is taking place at the University of Minnesota with Jaime F. Modiano, VMD, PhD.

They are seeking HEALTHY Irish Setters over 4 1/2 years old to participate as control dogs.

If you are willing to enroll your dog, please be sure to read EVERY detail to be sure your dog qualifies and that your vet or you  has access to FedEx overnight return to Minnesota.   You would be responsible for any fees the vet would charge you to collect the blood sample, shipping is paid by the study.  Link below for more information:

COED Announcement and Requirements

A resource for up to the minute research studies on diseases in dogs can be found via this link about ongoing clinical trials:

To store DNA on any dog for future use of newly discovered health tests or to update health information on a dog’s DNA already stored with OFA:

To access the most current research done by the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, do a search on the following webpage:

Articles about health concerns can also be found at:

A great overview can be found at:

These projects (and many more) are undertaken by the Health Committee (with the approval of the ISCA Board of Directors) and sponsored through generous donations to ISCA Foundation.  Any questions about these or any of the other projects; please contact the Chairman, Anne Marie Kubacz at 908-216-2357 or email at

Planning for Emergencies

Irish Setter Health Surveys

ISCA has encouraged health surveys as a way to monitor the prevalence of health issues in the Irish Setter. There were two major initiatives done.

Results of the 2003 Health Survey done by Dr Larry Glickman (very large document, may take a long time to download).

Here is the link to the current active/ongoing health survey done in conjunction with OFA, click on Irish Setter when the page opens:

You can choose to view the results or answer the survey from the link above.

The link below will take you to a list of Health Concerns for the Irish Setter.

Health Concerns