Irish Setter Vaccinations Guide

Irish Setter Vaccinations Guide

Dogs depend on us for practically everything. These animals cannot take care of themselves, and it is our responsibility to provide them with everything they need.

Health is very important both for any person and animal. Just as children and adults need to be vaccinated to prevent certain diseases, we must also plan the vaccination of dogs.

You have to make sure you take your Irish Setter to the vet so that he or she tells you what vaccinations you should give your pet.

All breeds of dogs usually need vaccinations to combat the same needs. You must know each of them and also the right time to vaccinate your Irish Setter.

What Are Vaccines?

Vaccines are biological products used to protect a human’s or animal’s body against certain diseases caused by bacteria and viruses. It is a way to immunize the body by injecting small amounts of pathogens that prevent viruses from attacking the body.

Vaccinations are essential for puppies during their first weeks of life. Be aware that many vaccinations can be harmful to your Irish Setter as they can affect its body in many ways.

For that reason, it is important to select the most important vaccines for your pet. The best thing to do is ask your vet for advice.

Vaccination Schedule for an Irish Setter

Age Vaccines
6 – 8 weeksParvovirus, Distemper, Bordetella
10 – 12 weeksDistemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis, Bordetella
16 – 18 weeksDistemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Rabies
12 – 16 monthsDistemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Rabies, Coronavirus
Every 1 – 2 yearsDistemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Coronavirus
Every 1 – 3 yearsRabies

Vaccinations to Prevent Disease in Irish Setters

Canine Hepatitis

Hepatitis that dogs usually suffer from is usually very contagious. This viral infection usually affects several organs:

  • Kidneys
  • Lungs
  • Eyes
  • Liver
  • Spleen

The most common symptoms caused by this viral infection are:

  • Stomach enlargement
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice
  • Pain around the liver
  • Congestion of the mucous membranes
  • Slight fever

If this infection is severe, your Irish Setter could be in danger of death. That is why it is advisable to take your pet to the vet when you detect these symptoms.

The hepatitis vaccine should be administered from the 8th week of the puppy’s life. Subsequently, you can apply it between the 10th and 18th week and between the 12th and 16th month. Every three years, you can re-administer this vaccine in your Irish Setter.

Canine Distemper

This is one of the most dangerous diseases an Irish Setter and any dog can suffer from. In fact, canine distemper not only affects dogs but also other animals such as raccoons or skunks.

This disease is highly contagious and usually attacks the:

  • Nervous system
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Respiratory system

Canine distemper is spread through the air (when the infected dog coughs or sneezes). Similarly, a healthy canine can become infected if it eats or drinks from an infected animal’s bowl.

The symptoms that an Irish Setter presents when suffering from this disease are:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhoea
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Paralysis
  • Seizures
  • Twitching
  • Death

The vaccine for this disease must be administered no later than the 8th week of the puppy’s life. In fact, this vaccine can be administered in the same periods as the canine hepatitis vaccine.


It is another contagious virus that can affect an Irish Setter and any other dog breed. Keep in mind that Parvovirus can affect even those vaccinated canines but generally tends to attack those that are not vaccinated faster.

We can detect this highly contagious virus if our Irish Setters show the following symptoms:

  • Extreme dehydration 
  • Bloody diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever

The best we can do is keep the Irish Setter hydrated at all times, as there is no cure for Parvovirus.


A virus causes most of the diseases that we have explained, but in this case, Leptospirosis is caused by bacteria. People should be cautious if their Irish Setters have this disease as it can be transmitted from infected animals to humans.

Keep in mind that dogs suffering from this disease may not show symptoms, but this is not the case in all cases. There are some Irish Setters that will exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle pain
  • Stiffness
  • Kidney failure
  • Jaundice
  • Infertility

Veterinarians often recommend antibiotics as soon as possible to treat this disease.

Bordetella Bronchiseptica

This bacterium is directly associated with respiratory diseases and can affect not only dogs but also other animals such as rabbits, cats, etc.

Bordetella Bronchiseptica is one of the most common causes of kennel cough, also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis.

The main symptoms of this highly infectious bacteria are:

  • Cough
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Death (in extreme cases)


It is a viral infection that is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. This disease directly attacks the central nervous system and can be so dangerous that it can cause death in an infected animal.

The symptoms that an Irish Setter with rabies can present are:

  • Anxiety
  • Excessive drooling
  • Headache
  • Fear of water
  • Hallucinations
  • Paralysis


Many people think that this is the same Coronavirus as Covid-19, but that is not the case. This type of canine Coronavirus causes respiratory and gastrointestinal problems.

The most common symptoms of canine Coronavirus are:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting

You cannot use any medication to kill the coronavirus 100%, so veterinarians recommend keeping the Irish Setter as comfortable as possible and in the best conditions.

In other words, it is vital to keep the canine in a place with a comfortable temperature where it can be warm and sufficiently hydrated.