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Sensible advice for raising your Coonhound puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Coonhounds, the best dog food diet for feeding Coonhound puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Coonhound dog breed

Coonhound Health Problems and Raising a Coonhound Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Coonhounds:

The most common health problem in Coonhound is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 575 Black and Tan Coonhounds and found 16% dysplastic. Very high, and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. The hip dysplasia rates of similar Coonhound breeds are comparable or even higher.

Elbow dysplasia can also occur, as well as other orthopedic disorders.

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.

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.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Coonhound?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Coonhounds today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Coonhound puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Coonhound puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

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

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


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
The best diet for feeding your Coonhound is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" 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 many vets aren't telling you.


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.


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


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