Most common health problems in the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, plus health care and feeding.


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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dog breed

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Quick list of Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen health problems

Eyes and joints are the weak links in the Petit (pronounced pa-TEE). Several eye diseases lead to blindness. Bad knee and hip joints cause lameness and pain and can require expensive surgery.

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

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

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases and hip dysplasia, your Petit 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 Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Petit 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 Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen 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 Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Petit
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 Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Petit
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


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


Information on spaying your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. 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 Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. 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 Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen health problems

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 or sterile 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 over 700 Petits and found 12% dysplastic. Elbow dysplasia 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.


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