Beagle Health Problems
Beagles’ health problems are really not any more unusual than the health problems of all other dogs. Your dog will possibly spend most of its life free of health problems, really. That being said, every single dog can experience health problems and it is important for you to be prepared for it. If you understand the health problems that your beagle might have you are so much more likely to be able to provide him with the correct treatment right away. This is important because most illnesses can be treated successfully if they are treated in a timely manner. In order to understand Beagle health problems, it is important to understand what kind of problems your dog might have as a puppy and what kinds of problems he or she might have as a full grown. Often times, these are different.
Beagles of all ages a susceptible to obesity and must be kept on a well balanced diet. A perfect example of this problem is illustrated by the blog Cookie the Smelly Beagle, whose blog tagline is “I love smelly things. Swimming. Sniffing. And most importantly, I LOVE TO EAT!” So not only does Cookie admit to being a glutton in her self-description, but also her name is Cookie! Oh Cookie, when will you find whatever it is you are looking for…(probably a cookie).
Here are the most common beagle health problems that your puppy can experience.
1. Cherry Eye
As a puppy, one of the beagle health problems might be cherry eye which would develop before the age of two. Cherry eye is a congenital disorder where a pink mass is protruding from the dog’s eyelid making it look like they have a third eye-lid. If cherry eye is caught early, it might be treated without surgery. This can be done by providing the dog with a downward diagonal-toward-snout closed-eye massage of the affected eye. Sometimes the cherry eye can also self-correct itself with antibiotics and steroids. In other cases, they require surgery.
Additionally, untreated cherry eye can lead to a very painful condition call dry eye, According to Life With Beagle, dry eye is a condition that requires treatment for the rest of the beagle’s life. Surgery for cherry can cost up to several thousands of dollars, so it is best to treat it is soon as you notice symptoms.
This is a hereditary skeletal disorder that can result in arrested development and deformity in your beagle. It is characterized by the formation of exostoses at the epiphyses.
3. Puppy Pyoderma
This is a bacterial infection that can cause beagle health problems. It sometimes looks like your puppy has pimples. This usually develops in thinly haired spots such as small groin or underarms. This can happen if the skin has been broken by chronic exposure to moisture, change of normal skin bacteria, or change of blood flow to the skin. Other things that can increase the risk of your beagle getting puppy pyoderma includes fleas, ticks, yeast infection, fungal infection, thyroid disease, hormonal imbalance, heredity, or many other medications.
Here are the most common beagle health problems that your dog can experience as an adult.
It is not uncommon for one of your beagle health problems to be allergies. Just like humans, it is hard to tell what dogs are allergic to and it is important to always give your beagle just a little bit of something before letting them try a lot to make sure that they do not have an allergic reaction to it. You will know your beagle might have allergies if you hear lots of sneezing and sniffles, as well as perhaps if they are shedding a lot more than usual. It is a little more difficult with puppies who are already shedding their puppy coat to know if they are shedding normally or because they have allergies. Sometimes, if your beagle has allergies, you might be able to give them one Benadryl per night and have that take care of it. In cases of severe allergies, your veterinarian might prescribe you something for your dog or recommend allergy shots.
You will know that your beagle is suffering from hypothyroidism if their coat becomes dull, their hair starts to shed, they experience lethargy, if they have extreme intolerance to cold weather conditions, if they gain weight, or if they seem to be struggling with chronic skin disorders. There are thyroid supplements in the market that can help treat this condition.
A very common beagle health problem is that of idiopathic epilepsy. It is believed to be genetic so there really is not a way to keep your beagle from obtaining it. This makes it important for you to ask your breeder or the folks you adopt your beagle from about their family history and see if there might be the danger of your dog getting this. When idiopathic epilepsy occurs, your beagle will get seizures. There is nothing more concerning and depressing than to see your beloved beagle having a seizure. They might fall to the ground or lie down scrambling at the air, drooling and shaking. It can almost look like your dog is choking to death. Although there are a variety of seizures your dog might get, it is important to immediately seek veterinary care and monitor your dog closely to see how long the seizures are lasting for, etc. The veterinary can check out your dog to see what might be causing the seizures and in some cases will give medication to help you control the seizure.
4. Interverbebral disc disease
This is a serious condition that can exist in your beagle. Intervertebral discs work like cushioning pads of fibrocartilage that sit between most of the vertebra of the spinal column. Your beagle’s discs can be subject to degeneration, bulging outwards, or even bursting or rupturing. When something goes wrong with a disc, the material that is inside the discs can go into the spinal column and press against the spinal cord or nerve roots. This pressure causes pain and nerve damage as well. Sometimes, this can lead to paralysis. Lots of times, even if your beagle has some degeneration (which is most common when dogs are older), it should not cause pain or weakness. It is not common for it to progress into intervertebral disc disease.
5. Ear Infection
According to Beagle Rescue League several factors can be responsible for causing canine ear infections. Excessive bacteria or fungus in the ear, food allergies, fleas and simple build up of ear wax can all be underlying causes of ear infections in dogs. Sometimes, just getting water into a dogs ear while swimming can start a nasty infection. If you’ve ever had swimmers ear, you know how painful it can be. The over abundance of water in an ear canal creates a moist environment inside your dogs ear that can result in a breeding ground for bacterial growth.
In conclusion, we have mentioned short descriptions of most common beagle health problems above. Before you adopt or buy a beagle, it is important to ensure that you are thoroughly researching the breed and your specific dog history so that you can be well prepared if and when they are to have health problems. Especially with a puppy beagle, it is important to remain alert and keeping your veterinarian’s information close to your so that you can reach out for help at any point that you sense danger.