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Bloodhounds are large dogs with very droopy faces and long ears. These dogs are scent hounds are used to find missing people. These dogs are gentle and stubborn at times. They can learn task and tricks but sometimes takes a little while due to their stubborn nature. These dogs will make great family pets because they are very affectionate.
Common Health Issues In Bloodhound
Most Bloodhounds are very Bloodhound. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in Bloodhound are:
- Elbow Dysplasia and Hip Dysplasia: Hip and elbow dysplasia are extremely common in this breed. It occurs when the joint sockets do not properly form, which can cause their elbow or hip to pop out. If your dog has dysplasia, their limbs may be in pain or cause them to limp. Your vet can discuss what can be done to help manage the signs of pain and help decrease arthritis formation so that your Bloodhound can live a long and happy life.
- Patella Luxation: Bloodhounds can have luxating patella. This occurs when their kneecaps pop in and out of place. It can cause your dog to need surgery to help keep their kneecaps in place and prevent arthritis and pain.
- Bloat: Bloat is a life-threatening condition that will need to see a veterinarian right away. This occurs when your dog's stomach flips over and becomes enlarged. Many dogs with bloat are gagging and have a very bloated abdomen. This condition usually requires surgery to correct this disease. Without pet insurance, this can be a very costly procedure.
- Ear Infections: Bloodhounds are known for having long floppy ears. This can make these dogs prone to ear infections. Their floppy ears will trap moisture causing your dog to develop an infection easily. This can require frequent vet visits and treatment to help keep their ears free of infection.
All of these issues will need constant care and monitoring to help keep your Bloodhound healthy and happy. If you notice anything wrong with your Bloodhound, they should see a vet right away. Some issues can be life-threatening.
Pet Health Insurance for your Bloodhound
If you are looking for pet health insurance for your Bloodhound, you should ensure that many health issues commonly seen in Bloodhound are covered. You will also want to find insurance with short waiting times on treatment and surgery. If you prolong these procedures, your dog could have permeant health issues.
Certain health conditions are often considered genetic or are pre-existing conditions and may not be covered for your Bloodhound.
You could also consider enrolling in Pet Assure, a veterinary discount plan that is a low-cost pet insurance alternative. This plan has no exclusions due to age, breed, or hereditary conditions. Even pre-existing conditions are covered! Get a quote today. It's perfect for Bloodhound!
Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM