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


My Complete Health Care Program for your Coonhound

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Coonhound, 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 Coonhound 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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Coonhound Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Coonhound health problems

Hip dysplasia is the major issue, along with eyelid abnormalities.

Other concerns in Coonhounds are heart disease, thyroid disease, and an emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

Skin diseases include itchy allergies and bacterial infections. With their long heavy ears, Coonhounds are prone to ear infections and ear hematoma (pockets that form on the flap of the ear and fill with blood).

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Coonhound have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hip dysplasia, your Coonhound has less risk of developing it.

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 Coonhound, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Coonhound 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 Coonhound puppy or adult dog:

Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Coonhound lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Coonhound
Food is the #1 foundation for good health. The best diet for feeding your dog is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, fish....these are not just "people foods" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Coonhound. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Coonhound
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Coonhound. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Coonhound puppy really need? Does your adult Coonhound need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your Coonhound. 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 Coonhound. 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.


Assisi Loop Assisi Loop Review: How I Helped Treat Inflammation and Pain
Does your dog suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, disk disease, colitis, a skin wound? My honest review of a veterinary device you can use at home to help reduce inflammation and pain.


Complete list of Coonhound health problems

The most common health problem in Coonhound is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 700 Black and Tan Coonhounds and found over 14% dysplastic. Too high.

The most common eye diseases in Coonhounds are eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion) and cherry eye. Occasionally cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) occur in Coonhounds.

With their long heavy ears, Coonhounds are very prone to ear infections and ear hematomas (large blood blisters).

As with all deep-chested breeds, Coonhounds are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

Skin diseases include allergies and bacterial skin infections (pyoderma), especially in individuals with heavy skin folds – which are typically Coonhounds from show lines rather than hunting lines.

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 16% of Coonhounds have hypothyroidism.

Rare lysosomal storage diseases have been reported in Bluetick and Plott Coonhounds, and a serious blood-clotting disease (hemophilia B) can occur in Black and Tan Coonhounds.


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