I haven't posted here in years: I have two 9 year old Bassets, one never had major health issues and the other is a total Basset money pit...but I still deeply love both. I have experienced many of the common and uncommon issues with this lovable breed, from rock swallowing, front leg deformities, to glaucoma. The most current issue I dealt with is glaucoma. Apparently Bassets are one of the breeds commonly afflicted with Glaucoma. I want to inform Basset owners of the early signs...which I and the Vet overlooked. The first sign of Glaucoma in my hound started with a slight bit of fog or haze in his eye. It would increase with stress, such as taking him for car rides (which he negatively associates with the Vet). The Vet prescribed him a steroid eye drop. I gave him this eye drop for about 18 months with some success. Eventually the eye worsened by appearing more foggy, red, and sensitive to the touch on the closed eye lid. At this point I returned to the Vet and they finally took an eye pressure test finding the pressures were way above the safe zone. Long story short (too late I know) he went to a Veterinary eye specialist who officially determined he had glaucoma (extreme in right eye with severe damage being almost blind, and a slight amount in left eye with no damage detected). He was prescribed several expensive eye drops and pills which he took for almost 4 months, seeming to control the Glaucoma effects. Eventually the pressure in his right eye began to rise again and he had to have the right eye completely surgically removed. Once Glaucoma starts it can be slowed down, but will eventually worsen. The drops and pills are not a long term treatment for Glaucoma (unless caught very early), only temporary. What I want to stress for the eye health of your hound(s) is starting at the age of 2yrs, have a Vet check the eye pressures at least semi annually even if the eyes appear ok. Glaucoma can be detected fairly early with a simple low cost pressure check and visual examination by your Vet. I wish I did this for my hound much earlier. I also wish the original Vet checked his eye pressures when the first symptom of haze and fog were observed. My one eyed Basset is adjusting just fine to his new Cyclops way of life. I do believe his sense of smell has increased, since he sniffs things even longer while out on walks!