Generally, the Basset Hound
is a very healthy breed of dog. When health
issues do arise, the majority are directly related
to too much weight, which would include things such
as back problems and joint conditions. To help you
understand your Basset Hound even better, we have
provided some helpful information for you to use as
- Panostetis – Also known as Pano, this condition is
caused by inflammation of the long bones seen in
Basset Hounds that are between the ages of five
months and two years. The good news is that most
Basset Hounds will outgrow the condition with few
being left with some degree of lameness. The key
here is not to exercise a puppy with Pano, thus
avoiding future problems.
- Von Wilebrand’s Disease – Often referred to as VWD,
this genetic disorder affects the blood. Depending
on the problem, bleeding could be mild to severe.
Studies show that approximately 15% of all Basset
Hounds carry the gene causing this platelet
- Glaucoma – This eye disorder
can also affect the Basset Hound, although rare.
However, if your dog has glaucoma, you would notice
symptoms to include pain in the eyes, bulging of the
eyes, and light sensitivity. For glaucoma, your
Basset Hound would need to be treated by a
- Thrombopathia – This too is a blood platelet
disorder that your dog should be checked for, which
creates symptoms much like hemophilia in humans.
- Eyelid and Eyelash Issues – Due to the way in
which the Basset Hound’s eyes are developed, they
can have a problem with Ectropian, which is when the
eyelids turn inside out. The problem is that a dry
cornea develops too, which is painful. The good news
is that minor surgery can correct the problem.
- Intervertebral Disk Disease – In this case, the
Basset Hound may experience a herniated disk, which
is typically caused from high jumps off furniture.
- Allergies – Although not too common, some Basset
Hounds do have problems with allergies, which can
cause sneezing, running nose or eyes, and itchy skin
- Ear Infections – Basset Hounds have long, floppy
ears, which mean that airflow is usually restricted.
With this, moisture can develop in the ears, causing
ear infections. The best option is to use cotton
tips or balls to wipe the inside of the ears out
once a day.
- Obesity – As mentioned, the number one health
problem associated with the Basset Hound is too much
weight. This breed loves to eat but the way in which
the joints and spine are formed cannot handle it.
Therefore, you need to keep your Basset Hound on a
healthy diet, making sure he is given only the
actual amount of food needed, coupled with a daily