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Basset Hound Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton, Dog Trainer, Breed Selection Consultant, Author of 15 Dog Books

Basset Hound

Start your Basset Hound off on the right foot by feeding the right food, giving the right vaccinations, finding the right vet, and if you're going to spay or neuter, don't do it too early.

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Basset Hound Health Problems

Or check out my advice for raising a healthy Basset Hound puppy or adult dog:

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Information on spaying Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
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Basset Hound

Complete list of Basset Hound health problems

The major eye diseases in Basset Hounds are glaucoma, cherry eye, and eyelid abnormalities (ectropion and entropion). Also reported is lens luxation, and occasionally progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

Since Bassets are a deformed (chondrodysplastic) breed, expect lots of orthopedic problems. Hip and elbow dysplasia, for example, are rampant, with probably half or more of the breed affected with incorrect hip and elbow joints. Ignore anyone who tells you that a Basset's deformed joints are "normal for the breed". Malformed hips in any breed lead to arthritis later in life.

Other common orthopedic diseases in Basset Hounds include luxating patella (loose knee joints), intervertebral disk disease, Wobbler's syndrome, and panosteitis.

With their deep chest, Basset Hounds are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

Ears and skin are notoriously problematic in Bassets.

  • The long, folded-over ears with their narrow ear canals are extremely prone to chronic ear infections and hematoma.
  • Bassets are prone to allergies that cause itchy skin, and the wrinkled folds of skin trap dirt and moisture and provide a home for yeast and bacteria, so bacterial skin infections (pyoderma) are common.
  • The skin disease seborrhea occurs in Bassets, and non-tumorous growths are common.
  • Follicular dysplasia is another skin disease occasionally reported in Bassets.

Up to 50% of the breed is affected or borderline-affected with von Willebrand's blood-clotting disease. Up to 30% is affected with thrombocytopathia. Hemophilia and factor VII deficiency also occur in Bassets.

Health issues of increasing concern in Basset Hounds include epilepsy (seizures), an endocrine system disease called Addison's disease, a red blood cell disease called autoimmune hemolytic anemia, and a cancer called lymphosarcoma.

A rare immune system disease in Basset Hounds is combined immunodeficiency.

There is an inherited tendency for hernias in some lines of Basset Hounds.

Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if your dog inherits from his parents the genes for an eye disease called PRA, he will go blind and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

Dog feeding and health book by Michele Welton But most health problems can be prevented by the ways you raise your dog.

FREE eBOOK! My free online health care program, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to raise your Basset Hound in all the right ways that help prevent health problems. Become your dog's health care champion!

Michele Welton with BuffyAbout the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs.

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