Weight gain in basset hounds can be a serious problem,
even if the dogs are not technically obese. Even a small
amount of extra weight can cause stress on the your dog's
back, legs and hips because of the basset hound's bone
structure. Big bellies can also be a serious problem for
these low-slung dogs, since they may end up dragging on
the ground. This can be a major issue especially for
males, because it can lead to open sores and infections.
It is essential that owners control how much their dogs
eat to protect them from the difficulties associated with
being overweight. Don’t give bassets a lot of treats or
table scraps, as these can lead to obesity or digestive
problems for these dogs.
Here’s How to Care for Your Basset Hound
A Basset Hound may look like this tiny, sad dog that is
perennially depressed but its real nature is just the
opposite of that. Basset Hounds are known to be very
even-tempered and affectionate. They usually like being
around people and bond very easily with kids and also
with other pets. Despite that sad-looking face, it is a
very friendly and happy-go-lucky breed.
The average life span of a healthy Basset Hound is about
12 years. As with most breeds of dogs, the Basset Hound
too needs some special care and attention for a healthy
and active life. Since you, as a pet parent, are
responsible for your dog’s overall well-being, here are a
few tips that will help you care for your Basset Hound
Keep in check
Basset Hounds were originally bred as hunting dogs and
have a powerful sense of smell. They can catch any scent
and start following it out of instinct. But leaving your
dog to follow every scent it wants to may be risky as it
might get lost and Basset Hounds are not very good at
finding their way back home. So, keep your dog on a leash
or let it play around in an enclosed area so that it
cannot escape into the streets, for its safety.
Keep it away from
Due to its short legs, the Basset Hound is not a very
good swimmer. So, don’t let your dog near a swimming pool
or any other water body, unattended.
Although Basset Hounds require lesser exercise than most
other breeds of dogs, yet their chances of getting obese
are quite high. To avoid this, engage your dog in
moderate activity daily. You can take it for a walk and
keep plenty of toys in the room to play with at other
times. You can also let it use its sense of smell to keep
it active by hiding some treats in the yard or in the
room for your dog to sniff and find.
Maintain a healthy
Since a Basset Hound’s level of activity is low, it
should be given a limited and well-balanced diet to avoid
obesity. Do not give your dog too many treats or table
scraps, as these extra treats may make it gain pounds
Visit the vet and the
Basset Hounds are prone to certain breed-specific
illnesses like glaucoma, disc problems, and elbow
dysplasia. It is important to schedule regular
appointments with the vet to ensure that your dog is
healthy and take care of any illness at an early stage.
Also, grooming is very important for this breed of dog.
They have an oily coat which requires them to be bathed
frequently. Also cleaning its ears, teeth and trimming
its nails is important for overall health.
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