Beagle Health Problems

Common health problems in beagles include cherry eye, glaucoma, ear infections, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, heart disease, and intervertebral disc disease.

The Beagle is friendly, intelligent, outgoing, active, and curious. This breed makes a wonderful family companion who is generally very good with children. He is a pack animal who requires companionship - if not from other dogs, he will require it from his human family. He tends to bond with the whole family, especially with children.

Orignally bred as a hunting dog, the Beagle has a highly developed sense of smell and an independent nature and, therefore, may tend to roam. Daily outdoor exercise is required.

The Beagle is a very popular breed in the U.S.A. - Ranked 4th most registered breed by the AKC for 2012.

In general, the Beagle is a very healthy breed. However, they are prone to certain health problems, as listed below. If you plan to get a beagle or already have one, pay particular attention to the following potential health threats to this dog breed and take necessary precautions.

Common Beagle Health Problems

Beagle Dog Since the above health problems are rather common in beagles, if you are a beagle dog parent, be sure to visit each page and familiarize yourself with the symptoms and possible treatment for each problem.

In addition to the above, beagles are also prone heart disease, and specifically, one common heart disease seen in the Beagle is pulmonic stenosis, which is a narrowing of the connection between the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery, most commonly due to a malformation of the pulmonic valve. When this happens, it becomes more difficult for the right ventricle to pump blood, resulting in an obstruction to blood flow from the right side of the heart. Since the right ventricle has to work harder, the right side of the heart becomes bigger.

The obstruction to blood flow from the right side of the heart will cause varying degrees of heart damage which worsens with age. With moderate-to-severe pulmonic stenosis, your dog may experience signs associated with low cardiac output and/or right-sided heart failure, such as abnormal cardiac rhythms, respiratory difficulties, fainting, tiring with exercise, or sudden death.

Moderate-to-severe pulmonic stenosis may be treated by surgery.

Health Supplements for Beagles

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Recommendations for Your Beagle!

Ark Naturals Eyes So Bright for Dogs and Cats

Use this excellent natural eyewash to clean your beagle's eyes. It can also promote healing of sore, inflamed, and infected eyes. Good for eye conditions such as dry eye, conjunctivitis, and other eye infections.

Nature's Herbs for Pets Clear Vision for Dogs

This Chinese herbal formula contains a lot of beneficial herbs for the eye, such as chrysanthemum, lycium fruit, and rehmannia. It is effective for many eye conditions such as eye infections and inflammation, dry eye, conjunctivitis, cloudy eyes, etc.

Integrative Therapeutics Bilberry Extract by Tyler for Dogs

This supplement contains bilberry extract and is beneficial for eye health.

Doc Ackerman's Epilepsy & Seizure Formula for Dogs and Cats

A great herbal formula that provides relief from the effects of epilepsy for your dog. It contains nerve-calming and nourishing herbs such as chamomile, ginseng, passion flower, St.-John's wort, valerian root, etc.

  • K.C. Thornton, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beagles (Alpha Books, 2002)
  • Canada's Guide to Dogs - Beagles ( )
  • College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University - Intervertebral Disk Disease (
  • Dog Breed Facts - Hereditary Diseases (