How to have a healthy Beagle

By Valdette Muller| November 1, 2013 | Blog

Being greeted with bright, shiny eyes and getting some wet nose kisses are stuff money can’t buy and just some of the countless joys of owning a healthy dog. We all want our furry friends to enjoy a full and healthy life with us and that is why we should be informed about potential health issues within our dog’s breed.

Overall, Beagles are healthy dogs and have a life expectancy of approximately 13 years or even longer if they are cared for well. Recognising and understanding common Beagle health issues are an important part of your responsibility towards your dog.

Beagle mom and pupsWhat to look out for before buying

  • Up-to-date vaccinations and at least one deworming is essential.
  • A health guarantee against genetic defects and honesty about health problems in the bloodline are signs of a good and reputable breeder.

Beagle puppy problems

  • Cherry eye is a condition when the tear gland pops out of place because of weakened tissue in the third eyelid. In most cases, surgery is solution to rectify this condition.
  • Dwarfism is a rare disease that causes the Beagle to be smaller than average, with deformed vertebrae. Some breeders will sell them off as Pocket Beagles but it is advisable to take such a puppy to a vet for an informed opinion.
  • Puppy pyoderma is a bacterial infection on a puppy’s abdomen that looks like mild acne that can be sorted out by antibiotics or a medicated shampoo.

Beagle posingKnown health issues in adult Beagles

  • Intervertebral disc disease is a genetic disorder that causes leaking or swelling in the cushions between the vertebrae. Limping or dragging of any kind should be checked out immediately.
  • Hip dysplasia is a genetic malformation of the hip socket.
  • Epilepsy is a common genetic problem amongst Beagles and causes seizures. After the cause of the seizure is established, the right medication will help to control it.
  • Hypothyroidism because of an underactive thyroid gland is a disease very common in Beagles. Signs to look out for is those typical to a slow metabolism; weight gain, lethargy, hair loss, mental dullness and dry skin.
  • Heart disease such as pulmonic stenosis is found in Beagles. The right ventricle has to work harder because of narrow arteries that cause it to enlarge, possibly leading to heart failure. Look out for respiratory problems, tiring, fainting and abnormal cardiac rhythms.
  • Chronic ear infections are a drawback that goes with those lovely floppy ears. Look out for constant scratching and shaking of the infected ear as well as a foul smelling discharge.
  • Obesity is a health issue that comes with the Beagle’s healthy appetite. Monitor his intake to ensure healthy physical form.
  • Another issue that follows in the footsteps of the healthy appetite is eating inappropriate objects that can cause intestinal problems.
  • Their innate need to follow a scent can also pose as a health problem. Motor vehicle accidents and broken bones can be a result of such an AWOL attempt.

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