Any concerns with my beagle jumping from a few feet up?
By - iced1777
LoL...our 5 month old, I'm convinced, is made out of rubber.
In horror, we watched her try to squeeze through the balusters on a 2nd floor balcony at our house because she was in a hurry to get downstairs. (We subsequently installed temp plastic fencing to prevent this)
She vigorously launches herself off of furniture and other perches.
Yours will learn their limits...our previous beagles have always calmed down as they mature.
My beagle literally jumped off our 2nd story porch last month. She was stunned but totally okay! Beagles are wild.
Our ten-year-old beagle is overweight and has arthritis.
She still jumps onto/off of furniture like she's a puppy, especially when excited about something (hears a noise, there's food nearby, etc.)
Mine is also 10 - almost 11 - with arthritis and a few lbs overweight. Does not give one single flying about jumping off everything. We had to move the couch against the wall facing opposite of our front door so she’d stop skyrocketing off of the arm (it’s pretty high for a couch). She was limping ever so slightly on her back leg...not that you’d think she cared. They’re a young at heart kinda breed lol
I had to get stairs for Stanley because he's almost 11 years old and still springing off the furniture. We have to yell "NO! USE YOUR STAIRS!" all the time because he still wants to jump! I've always worried like you do and he's never had any issues so I wouldn't get *too* stressed about it!
The fist time we used stairs to the bed our beagle thought it was a challenge and jumped OVER the stairs onto the bed and then OVER then to get down.
Well, I hate to be the one but we've had two pyscho jumper beagles with injuries. Make that three. We used to have a higher bed years ago and one loved to launch herself off it. She jammed her shoulder once. No big deal really, just some quiet rest for a day or two.
The next two also loved to leap from that bed even though we had doggie stairs at the foot. Lazy beags would use the stairs to get on the bed and then leap off of it as far as they could. They each ruptured discs in their necks requiring surgery. The first one we weren't sure how it happened, but when the second one did it we were sure. The first one ended up with a second ruptured disc and another surgery.
We got rid of that bed and got a short platform style. I don't want to scare anyone, but it is certainly a possibility. They do all seem to love to climb and jump, so you'll have to be aware of it. I was never concerned about them jumping from the couch, just the bed. And to be fair, the bed was kind of on the high side. I would have to go on tiptoes to sit on the edge.
It’s heartbreaking but true. Our 9 year old beagle mix was a big jumper. Ruptured a disk one day jumping off the bed (maybe 3 feet). $10k and 6 months later he was about 75-80% better and lived until liver complications from a tick borne illness took him. He was the best boy ever. That being said, our new puppy still jumps. It’s just what they do. We work and try and make progress and love them anyway.
Also came here to say the same. Ours had back issues jumping off of a high bed (we had stairs but she'd sometimes just jump down).
She still jumps up and down from the couch but no higher than that.
Why don’t you have insurance? :(
doesn't insurance cost less overall than vet bills though? we've claimed insurance back twice now and our beagle is only 2 years old. One was for a severe injury to his neck, and the other was for removal of a benign lump growth which needed surgery.
surely it would more affordable to have insurance if the vet bills stacks up more than the actual insurance cost?
i get it's a personal choice ...but if the logic is to spend less on insurance, so you save when you do have to intervene with medical intervention ...it would be illogical to say insurance isn't affordable. because insurance is definitely is more affordable than paying out vet bills directly.
at least where i am it is very affordable, i think it only costs us hundred or so a year...which is easier to pay than a $1000 vet bill.
no judgement here, I'm just curious about how different it is by the location you have mentioned you are probably in a more rural area than i am in.
the one thing i take issue with is that flea and tick meds from overseas suppliers may not have passed your countries' health checks on how safe they are to administer. given that this will differ country to country, there is a bit of risk in buying them from overseas, but if you're confident there are no issues with the medication itself & the country it was made in, then it's probably fine. not the biggest issue .
In my country there is no such thing as a low cost wellness clinic for animals - the closest to it is the SPCA and they will still bill you for surgery and medication.
i am also feeding my dog home made food. I know this is a touchy subject for many since there is a lot of pseudoscience that goes into nutrition for canines. there are lots of research out there that demonstrates it really solely depend on the kibble and how much work has gone into the kibble's well roundedness for nutrition. eg WSAVA approved kibble has time and time again shown how well rounded the nutrition is over time, versus some brands that have failed to pass routinely, but are more commonly bought due to marketing schemes or has better 'stocking' routes.
and even with home made food, i still have to fork out extra to buy supplements to ensure there is no issues with feeding my dog home made food - because the nutrition statistics from our nutritionist recommendation was that normal human grade food doesn't always necessarily cover all their nutritional needs for canines. Vitamic C is a good example of something that canines commonly malnourished in, but this is due to the nature of their gut having a hard time absorbing vitamin c, and how food behaviors for both humans and canine has changed over time.
Good quality kibble costs us the same as feeding him home made meals so it was our own choice at that point.
i mean, if your pet is happy healthy and safe, thats all that matters. but it does matter where you are located that determines how much things cost. things cost higher nearer to populated cities, and lesser in rural areas in general. also the higher population, the more risks you have to be aware about.
i just would have imagined at any point if a dog has a severe injury that required surgery only insurance could make it afforable. I've seen people report problems costing up to 20k and not at any fault of their own (accident, dog attack, sudden sickness, etc) and the dog only survived because they had insurance.
Adding on, one of ours ruptured a disc beagle bouncing when he was 5. Had to get surgery, but he's almost 14 now and just now starting to have his stumpy little back legs give out when he gets too excited (food). Just be careful about it and make sure you're keeping an eye on them cause like was stated above, they'll ignore the stairs and such you put around anyway.
Ivdd is very common in beagles. You should reduce jumping from a young age as much as possible. Ours had his first flare up and 6 years ago and currently having his second at 9. I wouldn't wish this on any owner. Avoid it at all costs.
Can’t upvote this enough. We went through this a few years ago with ours. We now gate the stairs off and carry her up and down them. I do not want to have to go through that emotional roller coaster again.
We had to get special gates because our 15 pound beagle could clear the normal ones. They are insanely good jumpers! I wouldn't worry.
My beagle jammed her front shoulder a couple of times jumping from couch to floor. But in general, she jumped from chairs and couches with no issues. It was kind of hard to keep her from doing it anyway. I can only remember two Injuries in her 15 years of couch leaping.
I rescued my boy when he was 15. We jokingly called him the Jack LaLanne of beagles. Shortly after he came to live with me he came running to come in the house at full speed. He misjudged the entry and slammed HEAD FIRST into the door frame while I screamed in horror convinced he'd broken his neck. I am not exaggerating when I tell you the ENTIRE house shook when he hit. He shook it off and came wagging into the house like nothing happened. He lived to be 19 1/2 and until the very end he was neigh indestructible. Beagles are really something else. Good luck with your bouncy beagle!
Try to stop the jumping off stuff it could cause knee damage.
My beagle jumped out a second story window at 5 months. (No hate please I went to the toilet and she wanted to get out to my dad mowing the lawn) Luckily she landed on the grass and had no breakages or damage, we got the vet out. She has ZERO fear and would 100% do it again.
Can confirm some beagles are psycho. The beagle that I grew up with jumped off my grandmother's second floor balcony because he was left upstairs when we went down to do yard work. He caught a leg in a cedar tree and dislocated something, but no permanent damage.
Couch or bed height for a puppy wouldn't worry me too much.
He sounds a lot like my girl, pure crazy! I know beagles can be prone to hip dysplasia (if they’re overweight) but if they get enough exercise and are fed a complete dog food with glucosamine included jumping everywhere should be fine. I asked my vet about this after the window incident because I doubt she’ll ever settle lol
my Bagel is almost two years old and she has been jumping off of surfaces her entire life. She'll often stand on the arm of the loveseat that we got her, imitating a gargoyle, then jump off and take off at max speed.
That being said, I believe she hurt herself jumping once in two years, she limped for about 12 hours and then was back to springbok-ing around the entire house.
I eventually bought dog stairs for my bed because it's pretty high and my beagle was struggling up and down, and I wish I had gotten them sooner. In the last weeks of her life, the couch became a struggle, and that's when i knew the time was coming. But before year 13 or 14, leaping everywhere was never a problem for her. Her joints didn't give out in the end, she had cancer.
My beagle beast had a ruptured disk towards the end of 2019. I can't confirm what caused it, but I do believe it was from the psycho high jumps.
It was really rough. She would have spasms and constantly scream from the pain for hours, several times a day and throughout the night. The pain killers from the vet did very little. This went on for a few weeks until I was ready to put her down. Then she started to get better, slowly. I guess ruptured disks heal more completely than budged ones do.
She is back to her normal self now, and jumps off of things like it never happened. I make her use stairs, or make her sit until I lift her myself. I also have a soft pad at the foot of the bed to help cushion her landing when I can't stop her in time. I'm extremely grateful that I still have her and that she is not in pain, but damn I hope I never go through that again. I would imagine that this problem would be common to all tubular dogs, but I don't really know; this was just an anecdote.
We're on our second flare up in 3 years with a disc issue. It's so horrible watching them go through it
I'm sorry to hear that. It's heartbreaking, stressful, and really sucks.
Keep in mind this is just my experience, but CBD oil (and sometimes the heavy duty stuff with THC in it) seemed to help my beagle in conjunction with regular meds. The doc said it shouldn't hurt a dog, but that there isn't enough known about it yet to be certain that it actually helps for this kind of issue.
The other thing that seemed to make a difference was the dog chiropractor. I was able to feel how differently my beagle held her shoulder blades after an adjustment (she had them tensed up so much they were nearly touching above her spine), and I think that was when her spasms started to grow farther apart.
Again, all anecdote. I don't normally try to sell this kind of stuff, but I think it made a difference in my case. I hope your pup feels better soon!
Yep. Any dog that has a long body is at risk for back injury. The thing is there is very little chance you can stop her
Out of nowhere my beagle decided to break through the screened in porch on the 2nd floor and jump out. It was a $800 emergency vet bill to confirm absolutely nothing wrong with him.
My dog is 14 and she’ll still convince me she’s suicidal sometimes. She’ll jump 3-4 feet off the ground to look through the door window. Nothing unusual to see here
My beagle would scale our 6 foot backyard fence to get out. We put an extension 3 foot extension thinking that would stop him but it didn’t. That dog would climb the fence like a cat, look back at us and jump. He lived to be 15 years old with no physical issues.
My 11month old male can jump up onto the island in the kitchen. Hes broken.
no issues as my tyson is 10 months and jumps all the time.
Our 3.75 year old beagle does that every day.
We had the same question and asked the vet, who said we don't have to worry for like 7-8 years more.
Just make sure she doesn't become overweight and gets exercise, so there aren't non-genetic aggravating conditions.
Ours jumps off the back of the couch all the time. So much so that we have a dog bed against the back of the couch for him to land on as he jumps off. Maybe get something to cushion the landing?
I adopted my beagle boy at an unknown age - probably 7 ish. He had escaped from the animal shelter TWICE by climbing a 20ft high chain link fence. He never did anything like this again after I adopted him, but still did normal jumping off furniture , etc. Fast forward approximately 4-5 years, he started losing function in his back legs (like dragging a leg behind him). Got progressively worse to the point of him losing bladder and bowel control and eventually being unable to walk. Vet was convinced his long ago jumping antics caused some type of degenerative injury. She said this is quite common in beagles because of the way they are built. Not to scare you, but be aware that just because it’s common (the jumping stuff, I mean) does not mean there’s nothing to worry about. Best to discourage the behavior as much as possible.
Nope, part of the beagle experience.
My Ziva used to like playing a game where we'd toss a ball and she launch herself off of the back of the couch into the back part of the living room (there was a lot of space back there) in my old house.
My Sadie has been jumping up and down off of the furniture for as long as she could pull it off. I have such a fond memory of her trying to jump on my bed as a baby. It was so cute. She also loves to do zoomies by incorporating the couch by banking off of it.
My old girl hurt her back jumping off the couch and lost her ability to walk for a few weeks, but she was 12 and at the end of her life at that point. When she was young and spry, she had zero problem jumping or climbing or getting into whatever beagle trouble she could get into. lol
I would say not really but maybe try training her with stairs as she gets older or her vet starts mentioning her weight. my beagle now has knee problems (turns 9 this year) and I'm not sure if that's related to always jumping on the couch and my bed for a few years or something else. I didn't get him from an American breeder but one in Germany so it could be a genetic thing. my beagle also doesn't like the stairs so I just lift him onto and (off of) really high things like my bed or into the car bc I'm a sucker lol.
We eventually got a small stair case to put by our bed. Our older beagle jumped up and fell back and hurt his back. Our bed was pretty high up though. Maybe when she gets older. Beagles will be beagles.
I didn't start worrying about it until the last year or so, after a few jumps down off the bed/couch left her limping. But she's 16-17 yrs old now. Zero issues for like the first 15-16 years jumping up/down on/off stuff.
She refused to learn how to use steps, so we just ended up getting furniture much lower to the ground. The things we do for our pups...
Don't worry that's normal (or worry because she will never get scared of that).
My dog used to climb everything he could so when someone asked where is my home I said "The home were you can see a dog walking on the top of walls"
I had a beagle that passed recently and he used to do this a ton. I think it may have caused him some minor lower back problems as he got older but nothing that was debilitating, he just tweaked it every once and a while.
I’m not 100% the high jumping caused this but it makes sense to me.
One of my beagles had pinched a nerve when he was almost 5 from jumping off the couch. He was out of commission for a few months. Impossible to keep them from launching themselves off of anything though.
I have a 2 year old an he easily jumps over our 5 foot fence. Like parkour style jumping too. It's like he's a freaking cat! He always seems fine🤷
I was afraid mine would jump off our balcony and down into the yard haha
I’ve found my beagle on my counter enough times to know that she’s def jumped down without me catching her a few times. She uses the handle on the drawer on the bottom of the oven to boost her up...
My 6-year-old loves to walk along low rock walls, which are common in my town. They are usually about the same height as a sofa, and she’s forever jumping on and off them. A few weeks ago, she strained her leg jumping down and was limping. She was fine after resting for a few days and getting an anti-inflammatory. I asked the vet if I should keep her from doing that and the vet said that at her age it’s not a concern.
Certainly jumping from shoulder height on you or counter height at the vet can cause a leg injury. Generally speaking though they are pretty clever about heights. I imagine as your dog is older, she will limit that behavior more.
They are built like cats. Don't worry.
Oh now don’t be calling a normal beagle not crazy!!! Lol
Hi! I work in the vet field and would like to chime in and say as ling as you keep your dog at a healthy weight and maybe a joint supplement landing on their feet should be ok, however I would look into ramps and things as we get older!
My Nemo, when we first got him at about a year old, could jump straight up over 4'-5' in the air onto our dining room table.
He's like 7-8ish now and totally fine. He hasn't jumped that high since he was maybe 3. She'll likely grow out of it.
We have an almost 12 year old & a 5 year old beagle, they are surprisingly elastic when it comes to play fighting, grabbing dropped food, or excitement over dinner! Just watch out for any repeated yelps of pain upon landing and any limping, then I'd worry about twisted muscles, nerves or over exertion. They are very agile when it's appropriate to their needs. 😉
My beagle was very springy too. But he did throw his back out a handful of times throughout his 17 years—the first time he was 6/7. We kept trying to remind/train him to use his doggy stairs or not jump. I’m apprehensive about too much jumping because they genetically predisposed to back problems.
Nah they are active as fuck, but make sure to give them proper rest. Arthritis is common in them.
My girl routinely jumps three feet off the stairs onto a marble floor. Just keep an eye on your pup and what her limits are. Beagles are durable little creatures but sometimes the owner has to reign their beagle behaviour in.
My beagle is 10 he is a nutter jumps all over. And he's had both his back legs operated on (separately) . Both cruciate ligaments. And he's like a puppy again now.
put something soft on his landing spot or else he will start limping