bloodhound breed information

common health issues

GDV (or bloat) describes a condition whereby a dog's stomach becomes dilated with air and then, while dilated, twists over on itself, effectively sealing the stomach. The most common sign of bloat is a firm, distended stomach, especially if it seems to occur rapidly. GDV is one of the true life-threatening emergencies in dogs and many cases require emergency surgery.

Prolapsed gland of the third eyelid, or "Cherry Eye", is a condition in which the gland of the third eyelid slips out of place and becomes noticeable as a red mass in the corner of the eye. Correction of the condition requires surgery to replace the gland and tack it down to prevent recurrence.

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), better known as "dry eye", is a deficiency in the water portion of the tear film of the eye. Without the water portion of tears, the cornea and conjunctiva become very dry and inflamed and are prone to infection. This uncomfortable condition requires costly topical treatment several times a day throughout the dog's life.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

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.

The Bloodhound is one of the oldest breeds of scent hounds. This saggy, baggy breed has been around since before the Crusades, when they were brought from Constantinople to Europe to hunt deer and wild boar.

Bloodhounds are famous for their keen sense of smell and many work as members of the law enforcement family here in the United States. They have been used to track humans for over a century and their noses are so reliable that evidence obtained by Bloodhounds is even allowed in a court of law!

In terms of their personality, these super sniffers are affectionate but shy. They are sensitive dogs, both to love and to correction, so gentle yet firm training is required. However, their tracking instinct is strong and they will readily follow a scent, making training more difficult than with some other breeds.

Although this breed has often sniffed out missing persons until they were safe and sound, they are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that may adversely affect their health – as well as your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Bloodhounds are prone to include digestive problems such as gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV or bloat); joint conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia; eye problems such as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, cherry eye and entropion.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Bloodhound inherits more than just a nose-worthy skill of smell, you’re protected.

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

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