The Basset Hound was bred as a sturdy working hound, and as such have relatively fewer inherited conditions as other breeds. It is still important to know about the following health problems in the Basset:
Paneosteitis, also called Pano, wandering lameness, growing pains or puppy limp. Many vets are not aware that this is a problem in Basset Hound puppies, which can lead to misdiagnosis, sometimes with costly and unneeded surgery. It occurs generally between the ages of 6 to 18months. The dog will show signs of limping or lameness, which moves from one leg to another. There is no treatment, but excercise should be limited. It is not considered a serious health problem becase dogs outgrow Pano.
Some of the symptoms of Glaucoma are: pain, cloudy eye, dilated pupil, enlarged eye, sensitivity to light and vision loss. Early diagnosis is essential. Many Bassets progressively lose their sight, and some even need to have the eye removed.
Entropian, a turning in of the eyelids, which causes the eyelashes to rub agains the delicate surface of the eye, and Ectropian, a turning out of the eyelids resulting in a dry cornea. Both conditions can be surgically corrected in your Basset Hound puppy.
Von Willebrands Disease (vWD), Thrombopathia
Von Willibrands disease and Thrombopathia are genetic diseases that prevent the normal clotting of blood. Bleeding which cannot be stopped is the symptom of both of these disorders.
Also called Gastic Torsion, or Gastric Dilation Volvulus, GDV is a serious medical emergency. The stomach twists and traps gas inside, causing extreme pain. Unless treated immediately, death may result. Symptoms are unsuccessful vomiting, restlessness, lack of digestive sounds in the tummy, hunched up appearance.
Obesity is especially harmful to long backed breeds like the Basset Hound. Spines and joints cannot handle the stress of extra weight. Your Basset Hound Puppy will be much happier and healthier if kept in a slim condition.