Name The Uncommon Neurologic Disease Seen In Beagles

This precious girl is Maggie, a beagle who loves chewing on everything.  Like other members of her breed, Maggie has an unquenchable zest for life.  She patrols her home looking for her next adventure.  She greets each day with a wagging tail and unending curiosity.  Beagles are a busy breed who need an active life with lots of exercise to keep them out of trouble.

Unfortunately, Beagles, Bernese mountain dogs and German shorthaired pointers sometimes get a debilitating disease characterized by fever, depression, anorexia and severe neck pain.  If not treated, the disease may worsen and cause neurologic problems including paralysis.  Give the common name for this syndrome. 


Diagnosis: Beagle Pain Syndrome

Beagle pain syndrome is a debilitating problem of young – usually less than 12 months old, Beagles.  It causes severe neck pain.  Affected dogs may have a gradual or acute onset of pain.  Also called juvenile polyarteritis or necrotizing vasculitis, the syndrome is diagnosed by clinical signs, blood work and a CSF tap.  Treatment involves reducing the inflammation with non-steroidal anti-inflammatories in mild cases and steroids in more severe ones.  Unfortunately, some dogs may relapse and not respond to further therapy.  Beagles are great dogs and often serve our country as food sniffers for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  You may have seen them in action at an airport.  

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.

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