No Need to Panic: There’s Nothing Unusual About Puppy Hiccupps

Puppies can get hiccups after eating, playing or drinking. Don’t worry – it’s quite normal (not to mention very cute). If the hiccups continue for more than a day, however, it might be a good idea to take your puppy to see a vet, just to be safe.

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Dog Agility Training

Dog agility is a competitive dog sport that takes place within an obstacle course. Dogs are trained to make jumps, travel through tunnels, and navigate various walkways – all in a specific order. Each step of the way, the dogs are directed by their owners. Agility is an excellent form of exercise and mental stimulation, making it ideal for high energy dogs like Border Collies and Australian Shepherds. However, just about any dog can participate in agility. The intensity and difficulty of the course can be altered to accommodate dogs with health complications or special needs. Teamwork between dog and human is the cornerstone of this sport. Learn more about agility training equipment. It could be a great activity for you and your dog.

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Irish Setter

The Irish Setter is a native of Ireland and is believed to have been developed in the 1700s from several other breeds: Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Terrier, English Setter, Spaniel, Pointer, and Gordon Setter. Early on, the Irish Setter was typically white and red, but the solid red color became favored during the 1800s. Today, the Irish Red and White Setter is a separate breed. The name “setter” comes from the posture the dogs used to take while birding – they would crouch low to the ground, or “set.”

The Irish Setter first arrived in the US near the end of the 19th century. The breed was registered by the AKC in 1878.


60-70 pounds


Rich chestnut red or mahogany

Health Problems:

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus
  • Ear Infections (Otitis Externa)

About the Breed:

The Irish Setter is a sleek, noble and athletic dog breed that excels at hunting and other dog sports. This agile hunter is also fun-loving, affectionate and sometimes mischievous. The Irish Setter is happiest when near people and does best with active owners.The silky, shiny coat of the The Irish Setter is somewhat long and requires routine grooming. A thorough brushing should be done several times a week to prevent tangles and mats. Because of their long, floppy ears, Irish Setters are especially prone to ear issues, so close attention should be placed on keeping the ears clean and dry.

The Irish Setter is a playful and active dog that enjoys all kinds of activity. It is essential that the Irish Setter is given plenty of exercise, preferably several times daily. This breed loves to run. The Irish Setter’s energy level is also well-managed with proper training. This intelligent breed should respond well to many forms of training.

The Irish Setter is a loyal and friendly dog that can get along very well with children, though older kids are best for this active dog. The breed’s playful, upbeat personality adds to its versatility, making the Irish Setter a wonderful companion for all kinds of active families or individuals.

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Get Active with Your Dog

Spring is coming but it just can’t get here soon enough! Your dog is probably aching to get outside and burn off some energy, and he wants you there with him. Participating in dog sports is a wonderful way to get active and connected with your dog. While many require agreeable weather, other dog sports and activities can be enjoyed indoors. Agility can go either way.

Got a great story about your dog’s accomplishments? We would love it if you would share your story.

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New Canine Cancer Studies Announced — Dogs Needed

This announcement comes from the Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan:

The Van Andel Research Institute, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is pleased to share that we have received a “Grand Opportunities” (GO) grant from the National Institutes of Health. This is enabling the Institute to expand its canine cancer studies, which started with a project investigating hemangiosarcoma in Clumber spaniels 18 months ago, into a much broader research program.

We are launching a new center of excellence in canine genetics and genomics. The first and most important program is the Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium (CHCC), which is headed by Drs. Jeff Trent (TGen), Nick Duesbery (Van Andel Research Institute), and Paul Meltzer (National Cancer Institute/NIH). The program is an unprecedented alliance of scientists, veterinarians and physicians.

Drs. Duesbery and Froman are intensely focused on recruiting canine cancer patients for the study through a variety of clinical outreach programs. Samples from canine patients will not only allow the researchers to identify genes responsible for breed-specific susceptibilities (such as hemangiosarcoma in Clumber spaniels and osteosarcoma in Greyhounds), but also to translate these discoveries into new and more precise diagnostics and therapeutics for both canine and human cancer patients. The ultimate goal is to take personalized medicine for dogs to unscaled heights!

The CHCC has been developed to investigate five initial cancers in dogs, which also affect people. The first five cancers we’ll be researching are:

  • Hemangiosarcoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Lymphoma
  • Malignant histiocytosis
  • Melanoma (oral and digital)

In order to move forward, we need your help. The Institute will be studying only naturally occurring tumors, so we need the assistance of owners with dogs who develop any of the above types of cancer. We are requesting fresh (NOT in formalin) tumor samples when the dog has surgery, a biopsy, or is euthanized. We also need 3 mls of blood in an EDTA (purple top) tube. If a tumor sample is not immediately available (a dog who has had surgery, for example), a blood sample is still useful.

If your dog is scheduled for surgery, please contact VARI ahead of time so we can FedEx a tumor collection kit to your veterinarian. You can contact the CHCC at 616.234.5569. You may also email Dr. Froman at Consent forms and more information for veterinarians can be accessed and downloaded from our website, In addition, we are collecting DNA samples from a wide variety of healthy, purebred dogs, for use as controls. Your help is greatly appreciated.