This breed, made famous by the Peanuts comic strip character Snoopy, is known for its hunting skills and friendly personality. While many hunting dogs are trained to track large prey, Beagles were the hound of choice for English gentlemen engaged in rabbit hunting. Also called English Beagles, these dogs resemble foxhounds in their compact size and coat of course, medium-length hair. Though the Beagle’s small stature and short coat makes grooming relatively easy, it is more often the happy-go-lucky attitude exhibited by many Beagles that makes them a favorite family pet. Beagles are, by nature, a lively breed that gets along well with children and other dogs.
Though generally a healthy breed, Beagles are susceptible to a number of different health problems including epilepsy, hip dysplasia and cherry eye as well as limp tail and intervertebral disc disease. Limp tail syndrome is a condition which typically goes away on its own, but other conditions may require surgical procedures and veterinary care. Pet insurance may help you cover treatment and medications for these conditions.
Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) involves the dehydration and degeneration of discs which leads to restricted movement. Surgery to repair this problem can cost between $3000 and $5000.
It is common misconception among breeders that the small stature of Beagles prevents them from having trouble with hip dysplasia, a condition in which the hip joint is loose or unstable. In reality, more than 15% of Beagles exhibit some level of dysplasia. This condition can be treated medically through the administration of analgesic and anti-inflammatory medications or surgically by replacing the hip completely or altering the position of the socket. Surgical remedies for this condition can cost between $1,500 and $3,000 per hip for young dogs and medications may cost upwards of $50 per month.
Though many dogs are prone to epilepsy, Beagles are one of the breeds in which this condition is most prevalent. Epilepsy is a condition characterized by seizures and convulsions which vary in severity and cause death in extreme cases. Epilepsy is most often inherited genetically and though it is not curable, it can be treated with anticonvulsant medications like Phenobarbital and potassium bromide. These medications are relatively inexpensive, costing as little as $0.10 per dose, but regular blood work and other expensive tests may also be required.
Cherry Eye (Glandular Hypertrophy)
Cherry eye, or glandular hypertrophy, involves the enlargement of the gland in the Beagle’s third eyelid which is typically caused by inflammation or a lack of connective tissue. This condition can be treated by a veterinarian with the application of an ophthalmic ointment and by putting the gland back in place, usually for less than $100. Surgical treatments include the removal of the gland or suturing it back in place which generally costs between $300 and $700.
Disclaimer: Symptoms, conditions, and costs may vary. Consult a licensed veterinarian to inquire about treatment options and cost of care for your particular situation. Check actual coverage and benefits for your dog to determine whether you will be covered by pet insurance.