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Beagles Health Issues

Beagles are typically regarded to be a healthy breed, with a lifespan of 10-15 years. They are, nevertheless, susceptible to specific health difficulties, as are many other breeds. Although it is impossible to foresee whether or not a dog will become ill, it is feasible to lessen the risk of some diseases by buying pups from ethical breeders. You can also help your Beagle’s health by ensuring he eats high-quality food that suits his needs, exercising him frequently, and taking him to the vet regularly.

beagle begging for food
A cute young female hound dog sits at her owners feet at the dinner table, giving a longing look while waiting for a scrap of food to drop. Horizontal with copy space.

The 8 most common beagle health issues include;

  1. Epilepsy
  2. Ear Infection
  3. Hip Dysplasia
  4. Cherry Eye
  5. Hypothyroidism
  6. Obesity
  7. Patellar Luxation
  8. Glaucoma

If you own a beagle and are looking for dependable information for your dog, this is the place to be. You can uncover why they are susceptible to these diseases and which symptoms to look out for with a full explanation.

What Health Issues Do Beagle Dogs Have?

beagle puppy eating food
Side view of a Beagle puppy sniffing food in a bowl, isolated on white

Beagles are considered one of the healthiest dog breeds in the world. They are hardy dogs but still susceptible to several diseases. Below are the 7 of the most prevalent health conditions in Beagles.

1.      Epilepsy

Epilepsy has become more frequent in beagles, and it can range in severity from mild to life-threatening, and in rare cases, it can lead to death. Epilepsy can strike a beagle in two ways: inheritance or due to an incident-like sickness like distemper, blood chemistry problems, poisons, or trauma.

Because a viral infection may cause epilepsy, it is critical to ask a potential breeder if any of their family pets have had epilepsy and check that your pup has received all the essential immunizations. Epilepsy is a serious disorder characterized by recurrent seizures, which is why beagles tremble.

Symptoms

  • Chomping
  • Collapsing
  • Drooling
  • Foaming at the mouth.
  • Jerking
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Muscle twitching
  • Stiffening
  • Tongue chewing

2.      Ear Infection

Not only can the large ears of a beagle contribute to its cuteness, but they can also pose problems if not cleaned properly. Given their huge size, these ears are perfect targets for ear conditions. These problems originate from ear infections caused by bacteria accumulated in the ear canal. In some of the worst cases, these infections might result in total deafness.

Symptoms

  • Brown or black discharge from the ear
  • Constant head shaking
  • Excessive ear rubbing
  • Excessive ear scratching
  • Reddening of the ear canal
  • Smelly ears
  • Swollen ear
  • Thick wax build-up
  • Whining when the ear is touched

3.      Hip Dysplasia

Hip joints, which are made up of balls and sockets, bear the brunt of the dog’s upper body weight and strain throughout all motions, including walking and jumping, or whenever the balls and sockets do not expand at the same rate.

As the puppy grows, the connections or ligaments between the two bones weaken, and unfortunately, this abnormality causes discomfort and can cause hip joints to rupture. It is a congenital disability that won’t be noticeable until the pup fully matures.

Symptoms

  • Decreased activity
  • Unwillingness to get up or climb stairs, etc.
  • One of the back legs looks shorter
  • Stumbling
  • Weakened thigh muscles

Other beagle orthopedic issues include;

  • Chondrodysplasia
  • Immune-mediated polygenic arthritis
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Patellar luxation

4.      Cherry Eye

This is a disorder in which a gland that controls one of three eyelids prolapses or moves out of position, resulting in a reddish material covering a portion of the Beagle’s eye. The gland is ordinarily undetectable; however, when it protrudes from its natural place and swells, it looks like a cherry within the corner of the affected eye.

The gland’s primary function is to produce tears, which causes discomfort and drives animals to scratch at their eyes even when they are not in pain. Even though Cherry eye is not a painful condition, it can lead to infections if left untreated.

Symptoms

  • A large mass that covers a considerable amount of the eye
  • Continuous rubbing of the eye
  • On the lower eyelid, the prolapsed gland will look like a ruddy, bloated lump.

5.      Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a thyroid gland abnormality in beagles that could significantly influence your dog’s metabolism. This can infect beagles of almost any age, but it is more common in older dogs. Hypothyroidism is most commonly caused by lymphocytic thyroiditis or idiopathic thyroid gland atrophy.

Lymphocytic thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism and is an immune-mediated disorder. The immune system identifies the thyroid as abnormal or unnatural and is attacked.

Symptoms

  • Darkening of the skin’s pigmentation
  • Dry, lifeless, shedding hair
  • Incapable of tolerance to the cold
  • Increased cholesterol levels
  • Low heart rate
  • No hair regrowth
  • Sleeplessness and inactivity
  • Thinning hair
  • Weight gain

6.      Obesity

The Beagle has a large appetite because of his keen sense of smell. This scent dog will eagerly consume everything that piques his interest. This is why the breed is known as a ‘chowhound.’ This designation also indicates that the breed is susceptible to obesity.

It would be best if you treated this Beagle ailment since it can lead to the formation of other ailments. These conditions include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and joint disorders.

Symptoms

  • Aging
  • Feeding your Beagle too much
  • Not enough exercise
  • Permitting him to consume table scraps
  • Providing an abundance of snacks and treats

7.      Patellar luxation

Patellar luxation occurs if a beagle’s patella (kneecap) is shifted from its normal position in the femur (thigh-bone groove).

If the kneecap is displaced from this groove, the dog’s quadriceps muscles must relax and extend to return to its usual position. As a result, many beagles with the condition will lift their back legs for several minutes.

Symptoms

  • Any movement is painful
  • Carrying a leg or legs abnormally
  • Legs appear weak
  • Limping
  • Refusing to get up
  • Swelling
  • Unable to bend knees
  • Unable to run

8.      Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a common eye issue that impacts beagles with too much pressure in the inner eye. If left untreated, it might result in canine blindness. Aqueous humor, surplus liquid in the eye, forces the eye to swell, producing pressure.

Whenever this naturally produced liquid does not drain and accumulates in the eye, it generates great pressure.

Symptoms

  • Vessels appear in the white parts of the eye
  • Bulging/swollen eye
  • Cloudy cornea
  • Squinting
  • Tearing

Conclusion

kid playing with beagle puppy
Child Playing With His Pet Dog At Home.

Prevention is still better than cure; therefore, it would be good to visit a trained veterinarian for any medicines or serious beagle health issues. Don’t wait or attempt to fix it at home, as this could put your dog’s life in danger. Our pets are at our mercy, and it is our responsibility to ensure they are happy and healthy by looking out for any of the symptoms mentioned in this article.

References

5 Most Common Beagle Health Issues | Symptoms Treatments | UKPets

9 Common Beagle Health Problems and how to Avoid them – Beagle Care

Beagle Health Problems & Issues | How to fix it? – Pet Guide Daily

Beagle Health Issues | Dog Health Today (dogmd.net)

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