Most common health problems in Beagles, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Beagle

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Beagle, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

It's called "11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy."

Raise your dog the RIGHT way, feed him the RIGHT food, give him the RIGHT vaccinations, avoid unnecessary veterinary expenses, and help him live a longer, happier, and more comfortable life.

If your Beagle already HAS a health problem, I'm sorry to hear that. You should immediately begin my health care program, and you may be able to restore his good health – or at least make him much more comfortable. Let me help!

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Beagle dog breed

Beagle Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Quick list of Beagle health problems

It's hard to make a "quick" list in a breed with so many health problems.

Ear infections. Itchy skin conditions due to allergies. Skin tumors and cysts. Crippling joint diseases. Epilepsy. Multiple heart diseases. Thyroid disease. Blood-clotting diseases.

Intervertebral disk disease is very common in Beagles, especially in individuals with a deformed build (short legs, long back).

The urinary system is another target in Beagles: urinary stones, kidney disease, bladder cancer.

Beagles are susceptible to just about every eye disease there is.

Let's just stop there.

(You can see more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Beagle have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, hip dysplasia, thyroid disease, and heart disease, your Beagle has less risk of developing those conditions.

Other health problems can be prevented, or partially prevented, by the ways you raise your dog. If you're serious about doing everything you can for your Beagle, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Beagle puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways. It will help you be your dog's health care champion!


Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Beagle puppy or adult dog:

Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Beagle lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Beagle
Food is the #1 foundation for good health. The best diet for feeding your dog is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, fish....these are not just "people foods" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Beagle. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Beagle
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Beagle. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Beagle puppy really need? Does your adult Beagle need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your Beagle. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female dog.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Beagle. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Assisi Loop Assisi Loop Review: How I Helped Treat Inflammation and Pain
Does your dog suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, disk disease, colitis, a skin wound? My honest review of a veterinary device you can use at home to help reduce inflammation and pain.


Complete list of Beagle health problems

Ears and skin are notoriously problematic in Beagles.

  • The folded-over ears with their narrow ear canals are extremely prone to chronic ear infections and hematoma.
  • Beagles are prone to allergies that lead to itchy skin and bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).
  • The skin disease seborrhea is common.
  • Skin growths are common – non-tumorous growths (cysts, lipomas) and tumors (sebaceous tumors, mast cell tumors, perianal gland adenoma).
  • Demodectic mange occurs in Beagles, especially Beagle puppies.

Beagles are susceptible to just about every eye disease there is. Glaucoma and cherry eye are especially common. Also retinal dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), corneal dystrophy, cataracts, dry eye, eyelash abnormalities, eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion), lens luxation, and persistent pupillary membranes.

Intervertebral disk disease is very common in Beagles, especially in individuals with a deformed chondrodysplastic build (shortish legs, longish back). Intervertebral disk disease can be confused with two other diseases that can occur in Beagles: Wobbler's syndrome and an inflammatory brain disease called aseptic meningitis/vasculitis.

For such a small dog, the hip dysplasia rate is extremely high. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 1000 Beagles and found 18% dysplastic. That's just awful.

Yet another orthopedic health problem in Beagles is luxating patella (loose knee joints).

Seizures in Beagles (epilepsy) are a serious concern in the breed.

Heart disease is increasing, especially pulmonic stenosis and occasionally cardiomyopathy, septal defect, mitral valve disease, and other heart defects.

The urinary system is another target for health problems in Beagles, including kidney disease, urinary stones, and cancer of the bladder (transitional cell carcinoma).

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, Beagles have the 10th highest rate of hypothyroidism of 140 breeds (up to 22% affected).

Blood-clotting diseases (von Willebrand's disease, hemophilia A, and Factor VII deficiency) are found with some regularity.

A Beagle puppy with a lot of white on his head may suffer from inherited deafness.

Other health issues occasionally reported in Beagles include immunoglobulin deficiencies, megaesophagus, lupus, pemphigus, liver shunt, lysosomal storage disease, white shaker dog syndrome, narcolepsy, hernias, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, and pyruvate kinase deficiency.

To end this depressing list of Beagle health problems on a more cheerful note, Beagles are prone to reverse sneezing – which is harmless.


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