Basset Hound Health and Disease Prevention
Basset hounds are generally healthy and hardy dogs. However, there are pedigree diseases that you need to know about.
Von Willebrandt's disease is a hereditary disease, a blood clotting disorder.
Basset hounds are predisposed to the development of glaucoma.
An inversion of the stomach can occur, and at any age. If this happens, seek help immediately.
Puppies have panostitis (temporary lameness). The exact causes and methods of treatment are not yet known. The main danger is an incorrect diagnosis and unnecessary surgery, as many veterinarians are not aware of this ailment. As a rule, by 2 years the dog develops the disease, but there are also severe cases. The most reliable diagnosis is x-ray.
Due to the large size of the paws, the basset hounds often suffer from fungal infections and interdigital cysts.
Long ears are the cause of the development of external otitis media in Basset Hound. Prevention consists in regular cleaning of the ears.
Also, basset hounds are allergic, mainly to grass.