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Below is a briefing about Bloodhound Health.
Our Bloodhound Health information is summarized from
many sources of information (books, periodicals,
breeders, etc). We represent it as the best information
we know & can easily share. We welcome other
information for consideration and possible use in future
updates to this web page.


BLOODHOUND LIFESPAN:   Average 8-10 years.

BEFORE YOU BUY A BLOODHOUND (OR ANY DOG):
Do your research (books, websites, vets, breeders, etc)

BLOODHOUND HEALTH QUESIONS TO ASK BREEDERS:
  • What health testings were done on the sire.
  • What health testings were done on the dam.
  • What health problems with their bloodhounds.
  • What is the longevity of their bloodhounds.
  • What is the typical cause of death.
  • What puppy health tests are done.
  • What health guarantees do they have.

    MAIN BLOODHOUND HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS:
  • Bloat - #1 health concern for bloodhounds.
  • Cancer - #2 health problem with bloodhounds.
  • Hearts Problems - From mild to severe - (OFA)
  • Joint Problems - Elbows, Hips, Patellar - (OFA)
  • Thyroid Problems - Mainly Hypothyroidism - (OFA)
  • Eye Problems - Entropion, Ectropion & more.
  • Epilepsy and other inherieted issues.

  • (OFA) TESTING IS AVAILABLE FOR THESE ABOVE ITEMS:
    through the Orthopedia Foundation for Animals


    BLOODHOUNDS CAN BE SENSITIVE TO ANESTHESIA!
    Vets should use precautions and careful monotoring.
    Link to Anesthesia Article, by Dr. Karen Leshkivich, DVM.

    Great Bloodhound Health Info, by Dr. John Hamil, DVM.
    KEEP YOUR BLOODHOUND HEALTHY:
    * Get a Good Vet
    * Get proper Puppy Vaccinations
    * Get proper Annual Vaccinations
    * Feed Good Dog Food
    * Keep their Ears Clean
    * Keep their Eyes Clean
    * Brush them & keep Them Clean
    * Keep their Area Clean
    * Even check their Waste
    * Keep them properly Fenced In
    * Guard againts Flees, Ticks & Worms
    * Keep Poision Items Away
    * Be Careful what they Chew On
    * Provide them Room to Excersize

    TAKE THEM TO THE VET IF-WHEN:
    * They have a temperature
    * They go off feed
    * Mope about & seem lathargic
    * Scratch anything excessively
    * Vomiting or extremely salivating
    * Panting, whining (uncomfortable)
    * Or are Nervously pacing
    *& Of course if they are injured !
    Photo To The Right: 12 yr old Bloodhound -->
    Photo is provided courtesy of Pam Bauer
    All other photos are by Marlene Groves

    Healthy Bloodhound Puppy
    "Sebastian" About 3 months old
    Getting his own healthy exercise

    Healthy Young Adult Bloodhounds
    L-"Sassy" 2.5 yrs, R "Hunter" 3.5 yrs
    Out for a long walk for healthy exercise

    Healthy Mature Bloodhound
    "Moonie" 7.5 yrs, great (healthy) shape
    Wins the Breed & Group 2 as a Veteran!

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