Health Concerns for Bassets


Despite its unusual form, and compared with other breeds, the Basset Hound has relatively few inherited genetic diseases.  

Below are a few concerns for the Basset Hound

Panosteitis (Pano, wandering lameness, puppy limp)

An inflammation of the long bones often seen in Bassets from 5 months of age to two years. Because dogs outgrow pano, it is not considered a serious health problem. Lameness caused by pano may move from one leg to another and can last from a week to 6 months or more. Bassets with pano should not be exercised until symptoms disappear. Although pano itself is not serious, if a Basset is otherwise injured and the ensuing lameness is mistakenly attributed to pano, lasting harm may result. Because X-rays can determine the presence of pano, a veterinarian should be consulted in any case of lameness.

Von Willebrandís Disease (VWD)

A genetic disorder of the blood which may cause moderate to severe bleeding, similar in some ways to hemophilia. Up to 15% of Bassets may carry this platelet abnormality.

Thrombopathia

Another blood platelet disorder, also similar to hemophilia. The clinical presence of Von Willebrandís and thrombopathia are fairly easy for Basset owners to spot because bleeding which cannot be stopped is the symptom of these disorders.

Glaucoma

This eye disorder has been found in the Basset Hound breed. Symptoms include painful, bulging eyes and sensitivity to light. Consult a veterinarian immediately.

Eyelid and eyelash problems

Bassets are prone to ectropian (a turning out of the eyelids), resulting in a dry cornea, and entropian (a turning in of the eyelids), causing lashes to dig into the surface of the eye. Both conditions can be surgically corrected.

Intervertebral Disk Disease

Herniated disks may result in dogs who frequently jump from extremely high heights onto their front limbs.

Allergies

Some Bassets may be prone to allergies, dermatitis and seborrhea.

Ear Infections

The Bassetís long ears do not allow sufficient circulation of air. Ear infections often develop because owners are not diligent about cleaning their Bassetís ears every week.

Bloat (Gastric torsion)

The stomach twists and traps gas inside, causing extreme pain. Unless treated quickly, death may result. Avoid exercise after eating. Placing a very large rock in a Bassetís feeding bowl to slow down eating and swallowing air, may help prevent bloat in dogs who tend to gulp their food quickly.

Obesity

Obesity is especially harmful for long-backed breeds like Bassets. Spines and joints cannot handle the stress of excess weight.

Swallowing Foreign Objects

The Basset Hound is highly susceptible to swallowing foreign objects.  It is not unusual for them to swallow rocks, as well as other foreign objects.  Should your Basset fail to eat its meal (if normally a good eater) seek veterinary treatment as soon as possible.