Most common health problems in Bloodhounds, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Bloodhound

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Bloodhound, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

It's called "11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy."

Raise your dog the RIGHT way, feed him the RIGHT food, give him the RIGHT vaccinations, avoid unnecessary veterinary expenses, and help him live a longer, happier, and more comfortable life.

If your Bloodhound already HAS a health problem, I'm sorry to hear that. You should immediately begin my health care program, and you may be able to restore his good health – or at least make him much more comfortable. Let me help!

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Bloodhound Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Quick list of Bloodhound health problems

Leading killers of this breed are cancer, cardiomyopathy (heart disease), and an emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

Crippling joint diseases (hip and elbow dysplasia) are of grave concern in Bloodhounds.

Eye diseases, thyroid disease, and epilepsy also occur in Bloodhounds.

With their long heavy ears, Bloodhounds are extremely prone to ear infections and ear hematoma (large blood blisters).

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Bloodhound have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of heart disease and hip and elbow dysplasia, your Bloodhound has less risk of developing those conditions.

Other health problems can be prevented, or partially prevented, by the ways you raise your dog. If you're serious about doing everything you can for your Bloodhound, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Bloodhound puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways. It will help you be your dog's health care champion!


Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Bloodhound puppy or adult dog:

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Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Bloodhound
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Information on booster shots for your Bloodhound. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Bloodhound puppy really need? Does your adult Bloodhound need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your Bloodhound. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female dog.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Bloodhound. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


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Complete list of Bloodhound health problems

Bloat is a major killer of this breed. The Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine reports that the Bloodhound is the THIRD most likely breed to bloat (behind the Great Dane and Akita).

Cancer (especially osteosarcoma and lymphosarcoma) is another leading killer of Bloodhounds.

Orthopedic diseases, especially hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, are of grave concern in Bloodhounds. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 3100 Bloodhounds and found an extremely high 26% dysplastic. And 15% of 1300 elbow X-rays were dysplastic.

Other common orthopedic diseases in Bloodhounds are osteochondritis and luxating patella.

With their long heavy ears, Bloodhounds are extremely prone to ear infections and ear hematoma.

Hypothyroidism is common in the breed. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 15% of Bloodhounds have low thyroid levels.

Heart disease (cardiomyopathy) and epilepsy are being reported more frequently in Bloodhounds.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Occasionally calcinosis has been reported in the Bloodhound.

Eye diseases include cherry eye, eyelid abnormalities (ectropion and entropion), dry eye, and cataracts.


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