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Beagle Pet Insurance

Beagles are small to mid-sized hounds, weighing in at around 22 pounds (10 kg), with coats that are a mix of brown, white and black. The breed was standardized in England in the nineteenth century. They are excellent hunting and service dogs, with one of the best senses of smell in the canine world, and they also make great family pets, being gentle and easygoing. Beagles also feature prominently in popular culture, from Charles Darwin’s ship to Snoopy and Courage the Cowardly Dog.

Beagle in grassShould You Purchase Insurance for Your Beagle?

Beagles can be expected to live about as long as similar-sized breeds, around 13 years. They are known to be subject to a number of health issues:

  • Canine epilepsy: this disease of the nervous system causes tremors and seizures. Diagnosis can be confirmed by electroencephalography (EEG), MRI and/or CT scans. Various drugs and even surgery may allow an affected dog to live a fairly normal life.
  • Hypothyroidism: this condition occurs when the dog’s immune system attacks the thyroid gland, resulting in a lack of the necessary hormones that the thyroid produces. Symptoms include hair loss, skin problems, weight gain, and lethargy. Blood analysis is used to confirm the presence of the disease; treatment involves daily administration of an artificial hormone to replace what the thyroid no longer produces.
  • Otitis externa: the long, floppy ears of beagles impede the circulation of air and give rise to conditions that support the growth of bacteria and other parasites. Owners need to give careful, daily attention to keeping the ears clean and treating any infections immediately. Dogs with ear problems scratch and shake their heads and may emit a foul odor. Treatment involves deep cleaning of the infected area and administration of antibiotics.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): as the name suggests, this disease occurs when the cells of a dog’s retinas degenerate. A single gene mutation is responsible for the problem, though as yet no genetic test has been developed. It is therefore imperative to know the breeding history before acquiring a puppy in order to ensure that none of its ancestors has gone blind. There is no treatment for PRA, though affected dogs can almost always live full lives if kept indoors (a lot of space would, however, be required for a Miniature Pinscher).
  • Cherry eye: some dogs develop inflammation of a gland associated with the eyelids, which can become distended and inflamed and considerable discomfort. The condition can usually be treated successfully with medication or, in more severe cases, surgery.

Bringing a beagle into your life is an investment of time, energy and love—not to mention money since puppies generally run from $200 to $1000. One way to protect your investment is to select a pet health insurance plan that will cover the kinds of diseases to which they are susceptible as well as accidents and the increased care that becomes necessary as dogs age.

For other types of dogs, check out our full list of dog breeds.

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    Andrea Robinson 11/17/2015 at 5:11 am

    Well, anyone who’s ever had a beagle will tell you that they are adorably cute, fun companions, and have the funniest hound-dog bark. They’re bred hunters and love to go exploring and need a lot of exercise. They’re also a really convenient size.

    Some say that beagles can be stubborn, but they are very trainable because they love treats. If you’re not skilled with positive reinforcement, you might overfeed the dogs and they might end up too chubby, but if you’re very skilled, you can work the program so they get lots of work done for you, learn lots of tricks, and keep their weight perfect for their breed.

    Like all purebred dogs, they’ve got some genetic predispositions to certain conditions, and anyone who owns one should be prepared.


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    Charisse Cappello 11/17/2015 at 5:17 am

    I had a beagle years ago when I was little. It was the best pet ever, and the whole family loved it. Her name was Channel because we thought she was elegant. Anyway, she did have hip dysplasia, and there wasn’t a lot of really good, effective treatments at that time. We tried a lot of things, like olive oil and painkillers from the vet, but eventually she got old and started to lose her eyesight, so we had to put her down. But she was an awesome dog – very playful and loving. I don’t think they had pet insurance in those days.

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    Amy 11/17/2015 at 7:49 am

    Wow. I didn’t realize beagles would be in a category of their own. I know a lot of purebreds have issues like these. My poor german shepherd and her hip dysplasia had to be put down at 2 years of age!! She had to be evacuated every few days at $150 a pop and there was no clear sign of her hips getting better.

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    Jane 03/20/2016 at 10:06 pm

    My beagle lived to be 16. She really didn’t have a lot of health issues, fortunately, except for fatty tumors which were benign and didn’t need treatment. Her main issue was anxiety, and I found that she did better staying with my dad than being alone when I had to go to the office, etc. I was lucky that he could help with a bit of dogsitting. 🙂

    One thing that does come up with beagles can be getting injured by other dogs. My beagle was very friendly, and when her previous owners had her, she was severely injured by a much larger dog at a dog park.

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