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Basset Hound Symptoms and Possibilities of Disease

Basset Hound Disease SymptomsIf you’re thinking about purchasing a Basset Hound it is a good idea to do as much research about these dogs as possible. Whether it is a pure bred or a pound puppy you will want to know what you are getting yourself into.

Because basset hound puppies are very small dogs, they also are susceptible to many challenges that small dogs have and they can easily be hurt because they are small. Because of this it is a good idea to make sure you know what to expect so you get them to the vet if there are any symptoms of diseases or health problems.

Some of the most common basset hound illnesses you may see, are listed here:

  • Cherry Eye
    This occurs in one or both of the basset hound’s eyes when the 3rd eyelid prolepses and becomes visible. It looks like a large cherry sitting in the white of the dog’s eye. Afterward you may see a little discharge and the area become inflamed.Most experts think that this is a hereditary weakness that is created at birth because it generally happens in basset hound puppies if you are going to see it. The only way to fix this is surgery so you will need to ask your veterinarian for more information.
  • Ear infections
    Due to basset hound’s floppy ears, bassets are prone to ear infections so you have to make sure you often check on them. Because their ears are heavy they have a tendency to produce and hold moisture which bacteria and yeast absolutely love. The way that you will know that they have an ear infection is that you will see a brown discharge and it will smell bad. The best way to deal with this is to take them to the vet for treatment. The vet will tell you what you need to do so that this issue doesn’t develop into a chronic illness.
  • Gastric Dilation
    This is the medical term for bloat and Bassets are very prone to it. What happens technically is that their stomach will swell up with swallowed air and then it rotates. Usually a dog will inhale a lot of air when they exercise or eat and the air is usually release when they belch. If your dog experiences any of these symptoms — swollen belly, non-productive vomiting or retching, restlessness, stomach pain or more drooling than normal — get them to the vet immediately.

Bassets can die if they bloat and it is not attended to but you can also prevent the situation. Feed your dog a series of two or three small meals a day instead of one large one. Also don’t allow them to drink while they are eating or immediately following their eating.

Keeping your dog healthy is easy if you keep watch periodically of the areas that you know are prone to have health problems.

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