Most Common Health Problems in Beagles - Yahoo Voices

posted on 03 Jul 2014 04:43 by abnormalclaw3674

Since 1999, the beagle has been consistently in the American Kennel Club's Ten Most Popular Dog Breeds list. The beagle reached the number 3 spot in 2012. Beagles are easy-going, intelligent and friendly dogs. Unfortunately, record numbers of dogs, including purebred beagles, are being abandoned or surrendered to animal shelters since the worldwide recession of 2008.

If you are thinking of adopting a beagle, keep in mind that they can be prone to some health problems. According to Beagles on the Web, the average cost of keeping a beagle is about $1000 ( US) per year. This figure can quickly rise if the beagle suffers from an illness. The companionship of a beagle is priceless.

Birth Defects

These will be present at birth or before the puppy is weaned, so they will not suddenly pop up as a surprise. Most of these will not kill the beagle but certainly veterinary care or corrective surgery may be needed. These defects include a cleft palate, being born with a stubby tail (brachuary) and micropthalmos. This is when the eye is too small for the eye socket. Another strange condition is alopecia universialis, which means that the beagle's hair all or mostly falls out. Beagles may also be born deaf or become deaf through illness or injury. Deaf dogs can be trained and live out full lives.

Obesity Related Problems

Beagles love food. They also are very cute. Beagles learn very quickly how to train their owners into feeding them whenever they act cute. Unfortunately, these leads to a beagle getting overweight or even obese. A fat beagle is more prone to developing diabetes and heart problems than a beagle at a healthy weight. If a beagle also has epilepsy, then controlling the diet may help to reduce seizures, but not always.

Neurological Problems

Beagles can get epilepsy, narcolepsy and spina bifida. However, except for spina bifida, there can be many different causes of seizure disorders in beagles. There is still a lot about canine epilepsy that is unknown. But in some cases seizure disorders can be managed and the dog can lead a relatively normal life.

Eye Problems

"The Veterinarians' Guide to Your Dog's Symptoms" notes that sometimes beagle puppies are born with cataracts or develop cataracts before they are six years old. It seems to be inherited, but mostly the cataracts go away suddenly. Not so with micropthalmos. This is when the eye is too small for the eye socket. The eye may need to be removed.

Beagles can also develop glaucoma. This appears after the dog is one ear of age and may require the eye to be removed. Another problem which can cause blindness with retinal dysplasia, but this happens to many breeds and mixed breed dogs. Blind dogs are not as handicapped by the loss of vision as are people. Blind dogs have been known to figure out how to move around confidently through uses of their senses and supervision by their owners.


American Kennel Club. "Dog Registration Statistics."

"The Veterinarians' Guide to Your Dog's Symptoms." Michael S. Garvey, DVM, et al. Villard; 1999.

Beagles on the Web. "FAQ." "The Role of a Natural Healthy Diet in the Management of Canine Epilepsy." Chris Alderson, et al. 2003.

While most people understand that they need to eat healthy foods, they often don't understand why they should have foods rich in certain vitamins and minerals, and just what happens to their bodies when their bodies do not receive these beneficial ingredients.

One such vitamin is vitamin A. This vitamin is vital to the function of the human body. It plays a crucial role in the operation of the immune and reproductive system, vision, and the development of bone and blood structure, as well as aiding in antioxidant activity and skin and cellular health.

What is Vitamin A?

Vitamin A is an organic compound that supplies the human body with nutrients that sustain growth and allow it to function correctly. Vitamin A comes in several forms, retinol, retinal and four carotenoids - alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, crypto-carotene, and gamma-carotene. In fact, if the human body has enough beta-carotene in its system then it can produce its own vitamin A.

Vitamin A can be found in animal and vegetable sources. Retinol typical derives from the animal, and the carotene from the vegetable. Foods that are rich in vitamin A are as follows: butter, cheese, egg-yolks, liver, milk, and dark green and yellow vegetables and fruits such as, apricots, broccoli, carrots, cantaloupe, pumpkin, spinach, and sweet potatoes.

People who are deficient in vitamin A often have problems with their eye sight and are prone to skin disorders such as bumps, break-outs, and infections. Other symptoms can include severe weight loss, insomnia, fatigue, and reproductive difficulties, as well as hair loss and an itchy scalp.

Vitamin A - How it Can Benefit Penis Feeling

Vitamin A gives a man an overall feeling of wellness, as this compound improves penis feeling, sexual pleasure, and penis health, as well as improves the function of major organs.

Largely, vitamin A has the following benefits:

1. It promotes healthy cellular growth and activity and improves skin rejuvenation so that the skin of the penis retains its softness and elasticity, and is more receptive to touch; 2. It increases overall physical endurance, with recipients feeling more lively and active, especially in the bedroom. This, in turn, increases sexual pleasure as men are able to sustain longer sexual activity; 3. It assists in maintaining a healthy male reproductive system and decreases the likelihood of impotency and erectile dysfunction; 4. It promotes a healthier immune system and prevents colds and other sicknesses which can reduce stamina and erode endurance; and 5. It enables the male body to function as a whole and creates a feeling of overall wellness.

Due to the fact that vitamin A is essential to the growth of healthy skin cells and tissue, and that it aids in promoting overall wellbeing, it is believed that the regular use of vitamin A will increase penis feeling as the skin becomes more receptive, which, in turn, will enhance sexual pleasure.

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