Overall, Beagles are an exceptionally healthy breed of dog. Known well for their eccentric behaviors and resilience, Beagles don't often face many medical issues in their lifetime. However, just like with any other breed of dogs, Beagles aren't immune to becoming ill at some point in their lifetime. They are sometimes known to experience issues with conditions such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), bladder cancer, and hypothyroidism, just to name a few. As a Beagle owner, you will benefit from knowing what to look out for to catch any of these diseases in their earliest stages.
What Should I Be Looking Out For?
IBS: With irritable bowel syndrome, your Beagle could be experiencing symptoms that range from diarrhea, having more or less bowel movements than they usually do, or even visible bloating.
Bladder Cancer: Some of the concerning signs that your Beagle could be facing a problem like bladder cancer might include noticing blood in their urine, noticeable straining when they are urinating, and possibly even having trouble running around and being active the way they normally might.
Hypothyroidism: Symptoms of hypothyroidism might be more out of the ordinary, as you might notice that they start gaining excessive amounts of weight with no change in their diet. You may also notice your Beagle beginning to lose fur in scattered patches or just shedding more than they normally might.
What Can I Do About it?
IBS: To prevent or treat this, after seeing your vet, you will want to give your Beagle any of the prescribed medications they vet recommends. In addition to medication, you will also want to follow any new diets that the vet also has put in place. One last important tip: To avoid or treat IBS in your Beagle it is recommended that you avoid giving them table scraps at any point.
Bladder Cancer: This is one disease that your vet will have to probably refer you to a specialist for treatment. A veterinarian oncologist may recommend a course of treatment that could include surgery, chemotherapy, and/or a medication regimen all dependent upon your Beagles condition at the time.
Hypothyroidism: With this condition, the only course of treatment is to start your Beagle on the prescribed medication regimen. While your beagle is on the medication for this condition, they will need to be closely monitored, as the dosage can and probably will be adjusted throughout treatment. Adjustments depend on how your Beagle reacts to the medication.
Many diseases cannot be prevented or helped, and it's heartbreaking to watch your beloved pet go through something that you cannot explain what it is or why it is happening to them. Beagles make incredibly loving family pets and often will remain healthy and disease-free. Should any of the above signs or symptoms begin to pop up in your Beagles life, seeking treatment or advice from your veterinarian is the best thing you can do for your Beagle.