basset hound breed information

common health issues

Elbow dysplasia is actually a collective term which refers to the effects of one or more diseases of the elbow joint which result in pain and arthritis. Many of these problems can affect both elbows and result in forelimb lameness and elbow pain, often requiring surgical correction.

Cervical vertebral instability results from instability of the vertebrae in the neck. Chronic compression of the spinal cord leads to weakness in the hind limbs, and if severe, can progress to weakness in the front limbs, as well. Cervical vertebral instability can be managed medically if it is mild, but often requires extensive surgery and physical therapy to correct.

Panosteitis is inflammation of the long bones that causes pain and lameness in young large breed dogs. The pain occurs in both the front and hind limbs and can seem to shift between different limbs. Eventually, dogs will outgrow the condition, but may need medication to alleviate discomfort for severe symptoms.

Seborrhea is an alteration of normal skin cell growth or turnover. It results in chronic, excessive scaling of the skin. Affected dogs also have excessive greasiness of the skin and hair. Seborrheic dogs are more prone to bacterial and fungal infections of the skin and generally require symptomatic treatment of chronic skin problems throughout their life.

Platelets in the blood are partially responsible for blood clotting. In this condition, platelets are abnormal and do not aggregate to form clots. Affected dogs are susceptible to bruising and hemorrhage from injury. Mild cases are easily controlled, but more severe cases will need strict monitoring.

Instantly recognizable by their short legs, heavy bodies and ridiculously long ears, the Basset Hound is the quintessential multipurpose dog. They were developed in France to trail small game as hunters followed and were brought to the United States by the Marquis de Lafayette as a gift for our very first President: George Washington used these sweet dogs in his hunting expeditions!

Today, Bassets are better known as companion animals. Though they are still occasionally used for hunting, their “do-it-all” personalities help them to excel at obedience, conformation, field trials and of course, tracking.

The Basset Hound’s keen sense of smell goes well with its strong hunting instinct. If you have a Basset Hound, you are well aware that this breed actively follows scents, making short walks a bit more time consuming than you would think!

Basset Hounds are sweet and gentle dogs, and are great additions to families with children. Their short coats require little grooming, though they do need baths from time to time. As previously mentioned, they will chase scents willingly, so proper restraints and identification such as a microchip are a must.

Although this nose-worthy breed loves to track, they are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions which may adversely affect their health – as well as your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Bassets are prone to include blood conditions such as thrombopathia; skin issues such as seborrhea; spinal diseases such as cervical vertebral instability; elbow problems such as elbow dysplasia; and bone diseases such as panosteitis.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Basset inherits more than just an uncanny ability to sniff out the treat stash, you’re protected.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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