When looking for a new beagle, beagle health is often a topic that comes up.
The Beagle Breeds are very strong creatures and can live between 10 to 12 years, which is about the average lifespan of a dog of their size. However, sometimes due to bad breeders or genetic structure, they can get other disorders that might not be possible to treat.
Beagles are known to get epilepsy. When a dog gets epilepsy, it means that he has either abnormal or excessive neuronal activity in the brain. There are three phases your dog goes through when he has a seizure.
You will see your beagle health drop quickly in a short amount of time. Your dog will have an increased sense of nervousness, fear, and disorientation. He might even run towards you for comfort before the attack strikes or begin to hide in dark holes and other hidden places.
This is when the seizure strikes, the dog could lose consciousness, the limps become paddling or rigid, eyes dilate, grinding the jaw, increased salivation, and defecation or urination. This type of phase should last between 30 to 90 seconds. Then after that you will get the traditional 'shaking', which should last between a minute to two. Though, there have been times where the dog can shake for longer.
The most important thing for beagle owners is to not panic. When you see your dog acting this way, there is no doubt a sense of fear that rushes to your body, but remember to try and remain calm.
You might want to write these steps down and post them on your fridge or close to your Dog First Aid Kit in case your beagle goes into this stage or if your beagle is prone to seizures.
Other than you having aftershock, your dog might seem to be depressed, confused, restless, eating and drinking more than usual, seems to be blind, staggering or pacing around. This type of behavior could last for a couple of minutes to a couple of days based on how strong and sever the seizure was. These types of signs are a good indicator of how your dog is recovering, the longer it lasts, the worse it is. Be sure to keep him as comfortable as possible throughout this ordeal and talk to your vet.
The vet might prescribe something called Phenobarbital. This is something you have to administer to your dog for life and it is not considered to be a cure. It is merely to help increase the brain's threshold to seizures when they occur - making it less severe for your dog.
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