Common Bloodhound Health Problems

Some of the most common bloodhound health problems. 

The life span of a Bloodhound is 7 - 10 years which makes it one of the shortest-lived dog breeds. There are several health conditions to be aware of if you own this particular breed.

Bloat and gastric torsion or canine gastric dilatation-volvulus, known as GDV
 
This is the number one killer of Bloodhounds. It is a very painful, life-threatening condition in which the stomach becomes distended with gas.  Torsion is the twisting of the stomach.  This causes the esophagus and gut to narrow or close. As the gas accumulates, it results in the inflation of the stomach. 

GDV is an emergency condition. If a dog is suspected of bloating, it requires immediate veterinary care. The dog's survival normally hinges on whether the owner can get him to the vet soon enough.

Symptoms include restlessness, pacing or retching without being capable of  bringing anything up. The dog's stomach may be visibly bloated but dogs can suffer from bloat or torsion without noticeable signs of  swelling.

Some vets will recommend preventative surgery, called a prophylactic gastropexy.  In this operation the stomach will be sewn into position to prevent twisting.  Whilst this can be done at almost any age, research shows it's probably best done at 18-24 months of age.

Cancer

Cancer is a disease that affects all breeds, but this is the second leading cause of death in Bloodhounds and seems to kill at an unusually young age.

Skin and Coat

The Bloodhound’s loose skin is prone to skin infections so they should be inspected frequently for signs of developing problems.
"Skin and Coat Tonic" is a natural product that promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats.

Dysplasia

Bloodhound health can often be affected by dysplasia,  one of the most common genetic disorders in bloodhounds.  If your dog has dysplasia, the construction and fit of the elbow or hip joint is abnormal, often leading to painful, sometimes crippling, arthritis. 

This is one of the most common genetic disorders in bloodhounds.  If your dog has dysplasia, the construction and fit of the elbow or hip joint is abnormal, often leading to painful, sometimes crippling, arthritis

There are two types of dysplasia:

Hip dysplasia The most common genetic disorder in bloodhounds. Causes pain in the hip and affects the dog's ability to get around comfortably.   

 
Elbow dysplasia  Although this is a less common condition than hip dysplasia, this genetic disorder may lead to arthritis in the elbow.

Sometimes dysplasia does not cause pain for the dog, so they do not show signs of it until they develop arthritis in their hip or elbow joints. Some dogs who's condition is less severe can live out their entire lives with few, if any symptoms.

Ear infections

Because of their long heavy low-set ears, bloodhounds are susceptible to ear infections.  Most of these can be prevented with proper routine maintenance.

Healthy ears should be cleaned at least once a week.

 
Eye Infections

Bloodhound eyes require a high level of routine care.  As part of your Bloodhound health regime, eyes should be cleaned at least once a week. There are several genetic conditions of the eye.  Entropion and ectropion are probably the most common conditions in bloodhounds. 

Corneal ulcers and corneal abrasions are nonhereditary eye problems and are usually the result of injury to the surface of the eye.




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