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Gun Dog Breeders: What Health Issues Do Breeders Watch for in a Treeing Walker Coonhound?

By    |   Friday, 19 Feb 2016 06:52 PM

As with any breed, there are no health guarantees with treeing Walker coonhounds. However, these dogs are very hardy, and health problems are likely to be few with a treeing Walker coonhound.

Acquiring a gun dog from a reputable breeder is your best bet for long-term good health. Responsible gun dog breeders keep abreast of issues in the breed and select breeding stock based on health screens, such as X-raying hips for dysplasia. Such breeders also follow dogs throughout their lifespans, and keep track of any problems that develop at any stage of life.

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Good nutrition and exercise are important to your dog throughout its life. Discuss foods with your dog’s breeder and with your veterinarian. Feeding the right balance of protein, fat, and other nutrients is essential for optimal performance.

Working dogs need extra calories, so high-fat diets may be appropriate for some treeing Walker coonhounds, but too much fat and protein during growth periods can be very harmful. Pet food science is very complex, and not all experts agree on specifics, so do your homework before selecting a food for your dog.

Exercise must be a daily routine for these dogs to maintain muscle tone and mental soundness.

Orthopedic problems in this breed can occur, especially as a result of injury.

Active dogs can be prone to damages, which can involve bones, muscles and ligaments. Be on the lookout for signs of discomfort or limping that should be checked by a veterinarian.

Your treeing Walker coonhound could experience a strain from running through a field, or from chasing a leaf in your backyard.

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Owners should also be aware of risks of bloat (gastric torsion) that can occur in large, deep-chested breeds, according to WebMd. Incidents are most common after heavy exercise, but measures can be taken to reduce the risks.

Keep vaccines up to date, but anytime your dog experiences vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy for more than a day, consult a veterinarian.

As dogs age, they experience many of the same health issues as humans, including arthritis, cancer, and decreased energy levels.

Dogs over 8 years old should have a geriatric health examination from a veterinarian, according to the American Kennel Club. These may include blood tests and other procedures to uncover any conditions that may affect your dog.

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As with any breed, there are no health guarantees with treeing Walker coonhounds. However, these dogs are very hardy, and health problems are likely to be few with a treeing Walker coonhound. Acquiring a gun dog from a reputable and responsible breeder is your best bet for long-term good health.
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