Basset Hound Life Expectancy
Traditionally, the Basset Hound life expectancy is between 10 and 12
years which gives the dog plenty of time to become an important member of any home.
However, there are many contributing factors that affect the life span of one of these unique dogs. They are not
without their health risks but many can be avoided with proper diet, exercise, hygiene and care.
The life expectancy can certainly be influenced by diet. These dogs live to eat and will rarely turn a nose up
at any scraps so it is your responsibility as a loving parent to monitor their diet. This means that not all Basset
Hounds can be free fed.
Obesity, back and joint problems are all huge concerns that can affect their life span so it is
crucial that your dog is not permitted to become overweight. Some Basset Hounds do just fine with their food left
out all day but if you notice yours packing on the pounds, you may need to put him on a measured feeding
Another reason monitored feeding is recommended with these dogs is that this breed is prone to bloat which can
substantially reduce their life. This potentially deadly condition is related to swallowed air however, fluid and
food can be present. This is an important health concern to be aware of because it is often the result of the dog
eating too quickly.
As the stomach swells, there may or may not be twisting involved. Twisting occurs between the upper intestine
and the esophagus which traps air, water and food in the stomach, obstructs veins and can lead to shock and organ
damage. When you monitor the feeding habits of your Basset Hound, life expectancy doesn't have to be affected by
this painful problem.
A Basset Hounds life expectancy can also be prolonged to its maximum potential through basic care and hygiene.
Find a vet that you and your four-legged friend are comfortable with and take the time for routine visits. You
don't have to feel as though your Basset Hound is in danger to make a trip to the vet for a checkup.
• Dental Care – Periodontal disease can adversely affect Basset Hound life expectancy. It is recommended that
you brush your dog's teeth using canine toothpaste, as often as possible to prevent tarter buildup. However, many
vets also suggest that this breed should come in for a good teeth cleaning periodically as well.
• Eye Care – Basset hounds have a long list of concerns when it comes to those intoxicating, droopy eyes. These
dogs are low to the ground so they are constantly at risk for getting dirt and pollen in their eyes. On top of
that, they love to dig which adds to the debris that can get lodged under the eyelids and in the corners. To reduce
the risk of serious eye problems affecting your dog, get in the habit of constantly checking his eyes. Your vet can
help you decide on a good sterile eye wash that you should use.
• Ear Care – Those big hound ears play a role as well. These oversized floppy ears are heavy and they hold
moisture. Check your dog's ears frequently and keep them clean. Always be on the lookout for a brownish discharge
or odor. Alternatively, if he is constantly scratching at one or tilting his ear to the side, this could reflect a
Being fully educated on all of the health concerns as well as signs and symptoms to watch for can help your dog
live a long life. When you're familiar with these potential problems and know what to look for, you will know when
it's time to get to the vet.
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