Common Health Problems

 

This list includes a short summary of five of the most common health problems in bloodhounds. 

 

Dysplasia-  Hereditary.

 

This is one of the most common genetic disorders in bloodhounds.  With dysplasia, the structure and fit of the joint is abnormal, often leading to painful, sometimes crippling, arthritis. 

There are two types of dysplasia:


Hip dysplasia- The most common genetic disorder in bloodhounds.  ALL breeding stock should be screened, and only certified žnormalÓ dogs should be bred.  Certification is done by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. 

 

Elbow dysplasia-  Although less common than hip dysplasia, this genetic disorder may lead to arthritis in the elbow(s).  Certification is also done by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.

 

For more information on hip and elbow dysplasia, please visit

http://www.offa.org/  

http://workingdogs.com/doc0090.htm#ced 

 

   

Bloat and gastric torsion (canine gastric dilatation-volvulus)-  hereditary link is unknown, but under investigation

 

This is a very painful, life-threatening emergency in which the stomach becomes distended with gas (bloat).  Torsion is the twisting of the stomach.  This causes the esophagus and intestine to narrow or close, like wringing a towel.  The gas continues to accumulate and the stomach inflates like a large beach ball.  Emergency surgery is the treatment. 

 

We recommend the preventative surgery, called a prophylactic gastropexy.  This involves sewing the stomach into position, so it cannot rotate.  Although this can be done at almost any age, we prefer doing the preventative surgery at 18-24 months of age.

 

For more information, please visit

http://www.vet.purdue.edu/epi/bloat.htm

 

 

Ear infections-

Because of their long heavy low-set ears, bloodhounds are susceptible to ear infections.  Most of these can be prevented with proper routine maintenance.  Healthy ears should be cleaned at least once a week.

 

For more information, please visit

http://workingdogs.com/doc0079.htm

 

 

Eye abnormalities- hereditary

 

Bloodhound eyes need a high level of routine care.  Eyes should be kept cleaned at least once a week, and drops and ointments used when necessary.  There are several genetic conditions of the eye.  Entropion and ectropion are probably the most common conditions in bloodhounds. 

 

Corneal ulcers and corneal abrasions are nonhereditary eye problems.  These are usually caused by trauma to the surface of the eye.

 

For more information, please visit

http://www.animalforum.com/dbreed/medentrop.htm

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