watch what your Basset Hound eats

by Betsy
(newville pa)

My daughter's Basset Hound had gotten hold of some table food last Thursday night. On Friday morning, he was throwing up and had the runs. On Saturday he had quit eating and just lay around. Then on Sunday he was not himself. He would snap at anybody that came near him. On Monday morning, he went to the vet. He stayed overnight for two days and we found out that he had eaten something that did not agree with him. Basset Hounds have a sensitive stomach.

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Jun 08, 2016
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Blocked intestine
by: Paul Ortiz

How can I get my Bassett hound to pass cloth from his intestine? He ate a little wet food and drank some water but he is breathing heavy from the pain when he pushes. Not to be discusting but he is Sharting. Water and a little poop is coming out. We try so hard to keep clothes away from him but he gets it. This is his 4 th time. Last time it cost us a fortune at the vets office. I am trying to avoid this as much as possible.

Any suggestions

Mar 20, 2010
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Good Info...
by: Virginia from just-basset-hounds

Thanks for sharing all of those scenarios, your knowledge, and experience. It's great information for a dog owner to be aware of.

Mar 20, 2010
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Dogs and Food
by: Anonymous

There are MANY bad scenarios that can happen to dogs getting into people food. We get a lot of them at the vet clinic I work at.

Many of the bassets I know have sensitive stomachs.

These are some of the things to expect from the vet if something like this happens to your dog. This scenario is the most common. Vomiting, loose stool, and becoming lethargic, which can be scary! Your vet will determine the cause of this. Because poisoning symptoms are very similar the vet will usually treat this by trying to control the symptoms. Giving you some medication to calm their stomach and/or to help stop the runny stool. Sometimes sending home a prescription food that is easy on the stomach, and in some extreme cases might give fluids if the dog is dehydrated.

If your dog is VERY sick like the one in the story by all means take it to the vet. If it's over the weekend and have no vet available,
1) do not feed your dog anymore that day ( and possibly the next )
2) give your dog lots of water to drink ( force them to drink if necessary)

The next common thing is eating something the food is packaged in, causing the dog to get a blockage. If this happens you should once again see the vet. A blockage can be very deadly. The vet will advise x-rays to see if and where the blockage is. Depending on the kind of object the dog ate, most vets will try to get the dog to pass the object the normal way which may require a few days at the vet. Fluids , laxatives and enemas. Most vets will only consider a surgical procedure as a last resort. These types of surgeries can be very hard on the pet and the recovery is very slow, and they can cost thousands of dollars. Most vets will NOT advise this surgical procedure unless it is absolutely 100% necessary.

The next thing that happens once and awhile is dogs eating something with chemicals and getting poisoned. These situations are never good. There is simply not a lot to do for a dog that is poisoned. Bloodwork will usually be requested to determine how severely the poison is effecting the system. They might give your dog charcoal in hopes of absorbing any of the chemical still in the stomach. Fluids will be given in most cases and supportive treatment. There is no magic pill to take away the poison, and sadly we lose a few patients a year to severe poisoning. So keep your chemicals up!

Suggestions:
1) No people food! ( PLAIN meat and veggies are usually safe however )
2) Lock your garbage can up. Don't have it out where the dog can get into it.
3) Take the garbage out. Change out the bag as much as you can afford. Especially with chicken bones.
4) Don't put chemicals in the same garbage with the food scraps.

I hope this information helps someone if they ever have any of these terrible situations!

Jan 26, 2010
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Avoid the vet expenses too...
by: Virginia from just-basset-hounds

Another reason to watch what your Basset eats is to avoid the unnecessary vet expenses. A two day stay at the vet along with required treatment can add up.

I know there are dogs that can eat just about anything with no problem. But for those with a sensitive stomach, it is a good idea to be careful.

Jan 24, 2010
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My Basset has a sensitive stomach too...
by: Virginia from just-basset-hounds

We avoid table scraps because he gets diarrhea if fed too much of that stuff. He's fine with an occasional carrot as a snack when we run out of dog treats. But, other foods cause problems.

I think stomach sensitivity is more of an individual thing as opposed to a breed specific. But, I do agree that you should be careful about feeding dogs. There are many foods that should be avoided as they may cause problems.

Click below to read an informative article with a list of foods to avoid as well as the reason:

Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Dog

Jan 22, 2010
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Their tummies
by: Anonymous

My first basset was like that. She was always sick with her stomach, but the one I have now isn't sensitive at all like that.

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