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Sensible advice for raising your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen 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 Petits, the best dog food diet for feeding Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Health Problems and Raising a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
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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 Petits:

The PBGV Club conducted a health survey that included 640 dogs. They report that the most common eye diseases in Petits are persistent pupillary membranes (affecting about 9% of the breed), cataracts (3%), lens luxation (leading to secondary glaucoma), and retinal dysplasia.

A serious inflammatory brain disease called aseptic meningitis affects about 4% of the breed.

Epilepsy has become a real concern in the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen.

The most common orthopedic diseases are luxating patella (loose knees) and hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 460 Petits and found nearly 10% dysplastic. Of 121 elbow X-rays, 5% were dysplastic. Elbow dysplasia, panosteitis, and cruciate ligament rupture can also occur.

Hypothyroidism is fairly common. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 16% of Petits have low thyroid levels.

Heart disease (including septal defects) is being seen more often in the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Non-tumorous skin growths are common. Ear infections can occur due to the long pendulous ears and all the hair in the ear canals.

Digestive problems (colitis, pancreatitis, and bloat) are a concern in PBGVs, as are urinary stones.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Petits today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen 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 Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen puppy or adult dog:

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Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
The best diet for feeding your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen 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 Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
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Information on booster shots for your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
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Information on choosing the best vet for your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
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Information on spaying your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen.


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