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Hi everyone, I'm a newbie on the list and I hope you don't objest to my joining, I have Bassett hound cross, his name is Evan and he is gorgous-so much so he won the best cross breed in Scotland 2003. In spite of being a cross he is very Bassett like and I have a few questions you may be able to help with. Evan is 18 months old and weighs in at 45lb's, he doesn't appear to be over weight to me, but my vet maintains he is to big for his age. I wondered what the average weight for a Basset at this age would be? Many thanks for you help and love your beautiful pictures of all your gorgeous Bassets.
 

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Hi and welcome!

Well, your question isn't quite a yes or no thing. The weight your basset SHOULD be depends entirely on the size of their frame, and the heaviness of their bones. I've seen a lot of bassets (I work in basset rescue here in the States), and I have seen bassets that were visibly fat at 45 pounds, and other bassets that weighed 70 pounds, and still looked a bit thin.

As far as being able to tell if your dog is overweight, here are two good ways to tell.

1. You should not be able to see your dog's ribs, BUT when you run your hand over his side, you should be able to feel his ribs pretty easily, without having to press your hand in through a layer of fat.

2. When you stand directly above your dog, and look striaght down at his spine, he should have a visible "waist", or indentation, behind his ribs and in front of his hips. If he looks like one solid "log" or sausage, with no visible waist, then he is overweight.

I hope this helps! :)

[ February 21, 2004, 02:48 AM: Message edited by: Menzie ]
 

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Well thanks for the information, I have given him a good once over and he certainly has a waist! So I will have to take that up with the vet when i next see him. He also is on his second ear infection on six months and i wondered if any one could recommend ways of avoiding such ailments in the future, I know it is a problem for Bassets, but I want to try and help him avoid any more discomfort. Many thanks
 

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I use a 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol/vinegar. Just squirt a small amount (3-4ml) in the ear, rub the ear to spread it around and watch out for flying ears. It helps dry the ear and the vinegar prevents bacteria growth.
 

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I would love to post one of the zillions of pics I have of Evan, sadly i haven't worked out how to do it yet! HELP!
 

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Here's a previous thread with directions for posting photos. Accounts with Snapfish and PhotoIsland are free.
 

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I had problems with ear infection with Lily for about the first month. I had to clean her ears every single day and they were always yucky. So, I started to use a snood when she was eating or when she had to go out to potty when it was wet outside. That certainly helped a great deal. I also noticed that after about two weeks of a new premium food, she not only seemed to smell less but the ear infections subsided. I don't know if the food had anything to do with the ear infections, but it sure seems she is healthier and happier now.
 
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