Beagle Dogs

Thursday, October 20, 2011 @ 01:10 PM  posted by Mr.Ekachai

Beagle Dogs: Taking Care of Your Beagle

Compared to some other breeds, taking care of your Beagle is not difficult. As a breed, they require the same basic care as all dogs. In fact, Beagles are such an easy breed to care for that they are often used by pet product companies as product testers. Here is some basic information to help you care for Beagle dogs.

Grooming

When it comes to grooming, it’s not hard to keep your Beagle dog looking nice. They have a short, hard or smooth hound coat. Beagles do shed quite a bit but all they need in the way of grooming is for you to brush them regularly. You can use a good boar bristle brush for brushing your dog. You can also use some other grooming accessories to help you remove loose hair such as a rubber grooming mitt or a hound glove. A hound glove fits over your hand and has tiny wires that brush out dead hair when you move it over your dog’s body. But the main tool you will need is the brush.

You may occasionally use a pair of scissors to tidy up the hair around your dog’s paws or tail.

That’s it. That’s all there is to grooming a Beagle.

You will need to bathe your Beagle about once a month. You can bathe him more often if he gets into something that smells bad or if he becomes very dirty, but most dogs only need to be bathed about once a month. Use a good shampoo that you can obtain from your pet store or from an online pet retailer. Don’t use human shampoo on your dog. If your dog has any skin problems you should talk to your vet to find out what the problem is. He or she may recommend a medicated shampoo.

Parasites

Like other dogs, Beagles can have parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites. You should provide your Beagle with good preventive care. Use a good monthly flea and tick preventive. The topical and spot-on preventives work very well and most dogs don’t have any kind of side effect from them. These preventives also kill mites and prevent mange.

You will also need to keep your Beagle free of heartworms and worms. Most owners use a monthly heartworm preventive. You will need a prescription for heartworm preventive from your veterinarian and your dog needs to be tested for heartworms before you start giving him any product. The good thing about many of the heartworm preventives sold today is that they also kill roundworms and other intestinal worms. If you suspect your dog has any other worms, talk to your vet. He or she can worm your dog for you annually.

Ears

Beagle dogs have long, floppy ears which can cut off air circulation to the ear canal. This can trap moisture in the inside of the ear which can lead to ear infections. You should make sure that you clean your dog’s ears every week and dry them thoroughly. There are many good ear cleaners for sale at pet stores and on the Internet, or you can get one from your Vet. Untreated ear infections can lead to deafness and other serious problems so make sure you keep your dog’s ears clean.

Teeth

Lots of dogs have serious dental disease which can lead to other health problems later in life. You should brush your Beagle’s teeth at least once a week. You can find doggy toothbrushes and doggy toothpaste for sale in pet stores and online. Do not use human toothpaste for your dog. It contains an ingredient called xylitol which is dangerous for dogs. Most dogs enjoy having their teeth brushed. Doggy toothpaste comes in flavors such as beef, peanut butter, and other flavors that dogs like so they usually think getting their teeth brushed is a treat.

How To Care For An Old Beagle Dog

If you have an old Beagle dog then you will need to take some special steps. You can start taking your Beagle to the vet for an annual senior dog exam when he’s about seven years old. This will let your vet do some bloodwork and provide a good baseline for your dog’s health as he gets older.

As they get older many dogs can start having problems with their appetite. Make sure that your Beagle can still enjoy his food. Warm his food for him or add a delicious topping to it. If your old Beagle doesn’t want to eat, have your vet check his teeth. Old dogs often have a bad tooth or other dental problem that makes it painful to eat. Once the tooth is pulled they can enjoy their food again.

Old dogs can have problems with arthritis, too. Consider giving your old Beagle supplements such as chondroitin and glucosamine to help his joints. Your old dog may also need some help with pain management. Talk to your vet to see if it’s okay to give your dog some buffered aspirin such as Ascriptin. Ascriptin contains Maalox so it doesn’t hurt a dog’s stomach. Some dogs may need more aggressive help with pain such as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

Your old dog may also appreciate a comfortable place to sleep so consider getting him a heated dog bed or an orthopedic dog bed. These beds are made with the needs of an old dog in mind and many old dogs enjoy sleeping on them.

Conclusion

Beagles are usually easy to care for. Groom your Beagle on a regular basis. Clean his ears and brush his teeth weekly. When your Beagle gets older you can start taking him for annual senior dog checks at the vet when he’s about seven years old.

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