I just wanted to ask opinions on this. I have read that Beagles are prone to hip displasia. Is this condition always inherited? My Mollys parents seemed to be fine; they were both on sight when we got her.
This concerns me as we had a cocker who became completely debilitated by this condition at the age of 6 yrs. There was no warning signs at all, just one day she started limping, we thought maybe she had fallen from the bed or sofa, so we took her to the vet the next day and he did xrays, said it was very bad, also some disk problems in her back., He said surgery wouldn't help at that point. We were stunned, how does something like that stay hidden for so long? She lived for another 2 yrs. At first , unbelievably she wasn't in any pain, within a few weeks she couldn't walk at all. But she was still our sweet ,funny girl, us and the kids carried her everywhere we went. We all played things with her that she could handle, like rolling a ball to her, etc. We loved her so much!! Then gradually in the 2nd year she started to have pain, at first it was controlled by medication, and when that no longer helped we had her PTS. Broke our hearts.
I worry about that happening to my Molly. How early do you think this condition would show up on xrays? I have read that there are some ways to slow the progression of it if you catch it early enough. She is almost 15 mos. old., I am thinking about asking my vet to start xraying her when she is 2 yrs. old, and maybe every couple years afterwards. I'd be happy for any advice anyone can give me. I trust you guys advice.
No one really knows what causes hip dysplasia. Some believe it is hereditary others believe it is food related still others believe environment. There really isn't much you can do to prevent aside from good quality food and researching the line. Some vets can do a pin hip x-ray earlier than the 2 years. This can show how the hips are developing. If your dog does end up with hip dysplasia I would suggest finding a good orthopedic veterinarian to find out what the options are.
While hip dysplasia is often listed as a common problem in beagles, in general, it is not considered as big an issue as it is in some of the larger breeds. I have not had any dysplastic beagles myself but I've been told that it's not unusual for a dysplastic beagle to show no symptoms at all.
The show beagle community is most dilligent in testing for hip dysplasia and the results can be found on the OFA web site at www.offa.org. The vast majority of the results reported on the OFA site are for dogs from show kennels.
What type of guarantee did you receive when you purchased your Beagle? If it happened to be a 2 year hereditary guarantee, I would take her in to get her hips x rayed now if the breeder would still cover it if she were starting to develop problems.
I didn't get a guarantee. I live here in Virginia where there are hunters behind every tree LOL, and there are alot of BYB breeders for the hunting dogs such as Beagles, coon and fox hounds etc. Most of these Breeders are very good . Their dogs are well taken care of, and they are not puppy mills, but they have so many dogs they don't charge enough for them to offer a guarantee I guess. I only gave $25.00 for Molly. My son and daughter went and got our Beagle and My daughter said these people were obviously dog lovers, they had several different breeds besides the Beagles and they were all obviously healthy and well treated, she saw Mollys parents and they were in fine shape. If I decide to get another Beagle I would definitely go back to this same breeder, because this is an older couple and they probably had Mollys great-grandparents!!! And I like the idea of my dogs histories being from the same place.
We were up by their house the other day and my daughter said she had heard that they had a new litter of Beagle puppies ready to go. She said "come on , Mom, lets go look at them" and I said "NO, if I do I'll have to have 1 (or more LOL) and if I go home with a bushel of beagles your father will kill me, LOL. I just want to do everything that I can to see that Molly stays healthy and to head off any problems before they get bad.
Wow you got a bargain! Please try not to worry about your Beagle. As the others suggested, get her x rayed and hope for the best, in the meantime, love her! And yes..evertime someone called and just wanted to look, don't want to buy a puppy right now....you guessed it,Went home with a pup!
Hey stdogz, Can you imagine a "bushel of beagles?" Kind of makes you want to hide under the sofa....But no!!! I couldn't do that:) In my house thats where the Beagles would be:)LOL. Just realized I could have 8 of those sweet wiggly monsters for $200 and then spend $5,000 replacing the shoes, blankets, etc. they would chew to bits and tobasco and bitter apple spray, LOL
Schoolbus...I figured I got a bargain, but what do Beagles go for out there in the rest of the country?
***Edited By: Ms. POOCH on 7/28/2006 8:59:34 PM*** Reason: add
Hip Dysplasia in any hounds from hunting stock is very rare. Hunters breed their best dogs to their best dogs. Their "best" dogs have generally been hunted day in and day out. A Dysplasic hound will not hold up under those conditions.
Ms. POOCH - I just love the saying! We almost ended up with a bushel of Beagles last weekend. We got our Beagle from the Shelter, and we visited last weekend and they had 2 more!!! Sweet little old lady girls. They reminded us so much of our little guy, but we walked away because we just couldn't take 2 more.....right now ;-)
But hubby said if we had our own place, those Beagles would have come home with us. Now, if you had told me a year ago that my life would be filled with Beagles (bagels as they're called in my house) - I would have said you're crazy....my first love is Saint Bernards...hence my screenname. But I've downsized since my last girl passed away 3 years ago....and I can't imagine going that big anymore.. :)
stdogz, your bagel is beautiful, btw thats what we call them too, bagels,LOL
What is it about Beagles that just get to you? Molly is a constant pain in the rear:) Must be because she is such a multi-talented girl, LOL.
Doesn't matter what we're doing, anything from cleaning,laundry, etc. to plumbing or trying to hook up a DVD player, shes right there with her little nose in it and she knows "all about it", LOL. Even when I'm in the tub, if I forget to close the door, she is standing up at the side of the tub supervising:) Same thing with brushing your teeth, little Miss Know-it-all, LOL. And when you go to the bathroom, if you don't want "supervision" you darn well better shut the door!!!!
Ms. POOCH - Hubby and I were watching our Beagle last night as he was relaxing on the couch and he said "What is it about these little guys? Their faces just suck you in."
Neither one of us would have ever chosen a Beagle as a family pet but we're glad he found us. And he is a huge pain in the rear! Constant barking and he's always on the hunt for food and he HATES our cats ;-) But we love him anyway....
We laugh when we call him Bagel because if and when we get more we were going to name them "Onion" "Raisin" or "Everything" ha ha ha....
stdogz, onion, raisin, love it!! LOL. I had never thought of having a Beagle for a pet either, but a friend of ours got one and she was so precious. But OMG the barking!!! Molly likes to lay in the sun coming through the windows, then she smells like a freshly baked bagel :)
Scout 1.... Beagle puppy cuteness is VERY dangerous. Thats what sucks you in. In the older dogs its the big sad eyes :) Also I would be very interested in hearing your take on hip displasia in beagles.