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Common Health Issues for Beagles

The Beagle is considered to be an overall healthy dog breed. However, there are times in every dog’s life when they may experience health issues. Common health issues in Beagles include Cherry Eye, Allergies, Intervertebral disc disease and Idiopathic epilepsy. While these health issues are known to affect Beagles, not all will experience them during their lifetime. Learning about these few potential health issues will help Beagle dog owners to know what to look for and to get veterinarian care immediately for their dog.

Cherry Eye in Beagles

Beagles have precious eyes, but on occasion the tissue that is responsible for holding the tear gland in the third eyelid can weaken. This causes the gland itself to come out of place and become exposed and visible to the human eye. The exposed gland resembles a cherry due to its roundness and bright red color. When this happens do not touch it, just calmly contact the veterinarian to make an appointment. It doesn’t cause pain to your dog, but needs to be taken care of right away. Usually the veterinarian will prescribe eye drops that helps shrink the gland and allow it to go back into place. At times, surgery may be necessary depending on the severity of the situation.

Allergies in Beagles

Your sweet little Beagle is sensitive and may experience allergies throughout his or her lifetime. Allergies can arise from sensitivity to dog food, shampoo and environmental surroundings. If you notice that your dog is chewing and biting as his skin, scratching his ears or experiencing frequent long-term ear infections, these are all signs of an allergic reaction. Keep a log of any changes you make to your dog’s lifestyle and contact the veterinarian for further guidance.

Intervertebral Disc Disease

Symptoms of this disease includes dragging of the back legs, limping, arched back, odd standing position, tucked-in head, shivering and refusal to eat or play. This condition develops when a disc is swollen and leaking due to injury between the vertebras. Veterinarian attention is essential for treatment.

Idiopathic Epilepsy

This genetic condition is quite common among Beagles. Testing conducted by a licensed veterinarian will confirm if your Beagle has this condition or not. The sign that your dog may have Idiopathic epilepsy is a seizure. If your dog demonstrates symptoms of a seizure such as arching his or her head or neck, falling down, shaking of the limbs and jerking of the body for a few minutes, it is wise to get medical help immediately. Usually veterinarians will prescribe medication that will help control the seizures.

All dog breeds have some type of health issue that is inherited through their gene pool. Although the above health issues seem overwhelming for Beagle dog owners, they are all treatable. Getting to know your dog’s behavior and natural habits will make it easier for dog owners to notice that something is unusual. This allows you to provide prompt attention to any health issue that may arise. Remember Beagles are a sturdy, healthy breed and the above health conditions are only possible. There is a chance your Beagle may go his or her entire lifetime without experiencing these ailments.

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Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).