Irish Setters are a wonderful breed with a zest for life. In my experience, they live life to the fullest with an boundless sense of curiosity. Unfortunately, this breed is known for suffering from an intestinal disease that is becoming more and more prevalent in humans. The clinical signs for both dogs and people are diarrhea, abdominal discomfort and gas. Name this disease.
Diagnosis: Gluten-sensitive Enteropathy
Grain free diets for humans started because many people suffer from celiac disease. This is basically an allergy to gluten, a protein found in many cereals. Corn and rice are gluten free while wheat, barley, rye, oats and buckwheat contain gluten. So far, gluten-sensitive enteropathy has only been documented as a hereditary disease in Irish Setters. (Garden, O.A., et al., Inheritance of gluten-sensitive enteropathy in Irish Setters. Am. J. Vet. Res. 2000, Vol.61(4) pp.462-8.)