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Diseases that affect Beagles

By: Dr. Jon Rappaport

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Our question this week was:

What diseases should I look for in Beagle?

Emily Miller


Answer

Hi – thanks for your email and question.

Are you having a problem with your Beagle? If you are, you can try going to PetPlace and search for the symptom or problem that he is having.

To answer your question about what diseases should you look for in Beagles, they can get just about any disease that dogs can get (as can all dogs) but diseases more common in Beagles include:

  • Intervertebral disk disease is a painful condition that can develop when the disk material between the vertebra of the spine moves out of place. The disk material extrudes into the spinal canal and can impinge on the spinal cord, resulting in pain, difficulty walking or even paralysis.

  • Dermatitis is a general term used to describe inflammation of the skin and can be caused by allergies, infections or even parasites such as mange.

  • Epilepsy is a disorder that results in seizure activities.

  • Cataracts are opacities within the lens of the eye that affect vision.
  • Amyloidosis is a disease involving abnormal deposits of starch-type material throughout the body. A primary target is the kidney.

  • Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that develops when the pressure within the eye increases. There is a high risk of permanent blindness associated with glaucoma.

  • Deafness can be present at birth or develop later in life.

  • Prolapse of the third eyelid, also known as cherry eye, is not painful and occurs spontaneously.

  • Developmental kidney disease can result in kidney failure early in life.

    For more information go to: Choosing a Beagle.


    Regards,


    Dr. Jon





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