What You Need to Know About Basset Hound Health
Some of the Basset Hound health problems that can develop include glaucoma, patellar luxation, elbow dysplasia, thrombopathia, von Willebrand’s disease, hypothyroidism, and a disfunctional immune system.
They are also prone to skin infections, particularly in the folds of the skin and on the paws.
Your puppy's breeder should have written proof from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation that the dogs do not have an abnormality of the eyes that can develop into glaucoma.
Basset Hounds can develop a back problem called intervertebral disc disease, which can involve any part of the Basset Hound's spine including the neck. This condition can be very painful and may necessitate surgery. This condition is common in long-backed breeds.
Good breeders screen their dogs for genetic diseases and breed only the healthiest and best-looking dogs, but even so, sometimes a puppy develops one of these diseases despite good breeding patterns.
Recent progress in veterinary medicine mean that in most cases the dogs can still experience a good life. If you’re getting a Basset Hound, ask the breeder about the ages of the dogs in her ancestry, what they died of, and any certificates to show what genetic tests the dog may have had.
This breed's long, floppy ears make the dogs prone to chronic ear infections, that can severely affect Basset hound health. These ear infections, if left untreated, can cause permanent damage to the dog's ears resulting eventually in deafness.
Bloat is another health problem that Basset Hounds can develop, a condition in which the stomach builds up with air. This can become a more serious condition called gastric torsion. In this case the stomach twists on itself, interrupting blood flow.
Gastric torsion can happen suddenly, and a dog who was healthy one minute can be lifeless a few hours later. Keep an eye out for symptoms like drooling, pale gums and lip licking, restlessness and pacing, trying to be sick but without bringing anything up, and obvious signs of pain.
Gastric torsion calls for prompt veterinary surgery, and most dogs who have had bloat once will suffer from it again.
It may be wise to choose the operation called "stomach tacking," which will keep the stomach from distorting in the future. This operation can also be performed as a preventive measure.
One of the most common Basset Hound health problems is obesity. Rearing a Basset Hound at a suitable weight is one of the best ways to extend his life. Natural Remedies will help you make the most of your preventive abilities to help secure a healthier dog for life.