Bloodhounds may encounter more
medical issues than other
domestic animals. First, our size plays a part in our health.
Large dogs often have hip dysplasia, which is very painful to endure. Our
eyelids could either be inverted (turned in) or just the opposite, our
eyelids are turned out. Inverted eyes could cause our lashes to scrape
our eyes; thus, resulting in permanent damage to our eyes. The bloat is
another common ailment of the Bloodhound. It is still medically unclear why
large (deep-chested) dogs get "the bloat". Perhaps it over eating, drinking while over
heated, or from eating foreign object, such as socks and rocks. (A very
bad habit of mine...I can not resist rocks, socks, shoes, stuffed animals,
wood and a lot of other things.) Whatever the cause, the bloat may lead to
death if untreated, and sometimes, it still does, even with treatment.
Medically, we can really be costly. But, of course, we think we are worth
every penny! Lastly and again, because of our size, our life with you will be
short. Consider yourself lucky if you own a Bloodhound for an entire
decade. It may seem like by the time you finally get used to our bad
habits, it will be time to say goodbye.