Beagle (English Beagle) Characteristics
Grooming and care a Beagle is a great time for you to check your dog for changes that may need attention. Beagle care is easy and necessary. Beagle has a short, hard and self-cleaning coat which sheds. Shedding is seasonal spring-summer, abundant. The molt will be constant if the dog is kept indoors with dry and warm air. Noticing that your dog sheds hair too plentifully or the bald spots on the skin are appeared. This is first signal about dog health problems.
Causes of Beagle excess molting:
- Too dry air in the apartment (in this case will help the air humidifier)
- Frequent bathing or wrong shampoo and conditioner
- Unhealthy diet
- Lack or excess of vitamins
- Dog skin parasites (fleas, mites and other)
- Hormonal disorders
- Metabolic disorders
- The dog underwent surgery or illness
Consult with a veterinarian when you notice these symptoms.
Comb Beagle hair with a rubber glove or brush 1-2 times a week. This procedure improves blood circulation and removes dead hair. Beagle's hair is combed every day with a furminator during the period of molting. It perfectly removes dead undercoat without damaging the guard hair. You should include olive oil in the Beagle's diet, 1 teaspoon per day to improve the condition of the dog's skin and hair.
Grooming items for care of Beagle:
- A Bristle Brush with Short Hair - medium size for puppies and large size for adult Beagles
- A Grooming Glove or Deshedding Brush to pull out dead hairs from the coat during the shedding
- A Rubber Bath Brush - it helps to penetrate through the dense coat and reach the skin during bathing
- Quality canine shampoo, conditioner and protective leave-in spray
- Dog`s eye wipes - it helps remove set-in stains caused by tears
- Ear cleaning solution and gauze pads or cotton balls
- Clipper or grinder for nails to smooth the sharp ends of the claws
- Nose balsam to prevent appearance of a dry crust on the nose
- Paw wax - to prevent chemical burns of paws in the winter due to ice-melt products and to heal dry paw issues
- Dental care items - a dog toothpaste and a quality toothbrush
Bathe Beagle once in 3 - 4 months or it is necessary with a hypoallergenic shampoo for short-haired breeds of dogs. It is not recommended to bathe often to prevent wash off the protective fatty film of hair. It is necessary to bathe a pet in the evening after last walk. Cover the bottom of the bath with a rubber mat to prevent the dog from slipping. Cotton balls are put in the ears of a pet after bathing to remove residual water.
Wipe the hair of Beagle with a damp towel, microfiber cloth or use a dry shampoo to maintain cleanliness in the winter.
The Beagle enjoys swimming in open waters in the summer. But after such water procedures, always rinse the dog`s hair with boiled water to wash off a river plankton.
Paws wash in warm water after walking. Check the paw pads for cuts or cracks. Treat the wounds with an antiseptic to avoid cracking.
Rub a paw wax in paw pads to prevent chemical burns of paws in the winter due to ice-melt products and to heal dry paw issues. Do not allow your dog to lick paws after walking and rinse thoroughly with warm water in winter.
There are several items to protect the beagle paws:
+protection from cold and chemicals
+have rubber soles and do not slip
- snow and rainwater penetrate into short boots
- sometimes they get lost in the snow
- do not fit for too active dogs
+ protects from cold and chemicals
+ prevents slipping (in the ring during the dog show)
+ helps healing of cracks
+ wash off with baby soap, special shampoos or wet wipes
- blocks the receptors of cold in the dog so there is a risk of frostbite paws during a long walk
- leaves stains on the floor, therefore it is necessary to put on the paws immediately before walking on the rubber mat and then wash it off.
+ waterproof (rubberized or silicone)
+ prevent slipping
+ easy to wash
+ warm and comfortable (especially with clamps)
+ protect furniture from claws
- silicone socks sit tightly but claws can breakthrough them
- wear out quickly
- in heavy snow or slush get wet
Claws are cut with a nail clipping once a month. Sharp ends are smoothed with a nail file. Dogs often do not like this procedure, they are nervous and afraid. If your pet is too nervous, cut off the claws gradually. For example: today cut claws on one foot and tomorrow on the other. Be patient and never shout at your dog. Always praise your pet and treat with dog treats.
Beagle's eyes are checked every day. The eyes of a healthy dog should be clean, shiny and cheerful without redness, souring and tear stains. Small gray lumps in the corners of the eyes are permissible in the morning. This dog is very active and likes run a lot. Eyes are cleaned of accumulated dust in this way. Gray lumps are easily removed with a damp cloth moistened with warm water. Each eye is wiped with a separate cloth.
Consult with a veterinarian if you notice redness, swelling of the eyelids, excessive tears or sour eyes in Beagle. There are too many reasons for anxiety (allergies, conjunctivitis, etc.), therefore, only a specialist should make a diagnosis and prescribe the correct treatment.
Beagle's ears are long and poorly ventilated. It is necessary to inspect they every day to notice any change in time and prevent ears disease. Healthy ears are pink without excess sulfur and an unpleasant smell.
Ears are wiped with a cotton pad moistened with ear lotion 1 time per week. If the auricle is clean it is enough to ventilate it. You should wave the Beagle's ears like butterfly wings for a few minutes. If you find reddening of the skin of the ears, a rash, excess of sulfur, an unpleasant smell, liquid or a dog often shakes his head and rubs his ears on the floor, immediately contact a veterinarian for help.
Long beagle ears get dirty while eating this is another feature of this breed. There are bowls for dogs with long ears (their walls are higher and the neck is thinner).
Beagle's teeth are cleaned with special toothpaste for dogs with a brush or brush on the finger 3 - 4 times a week. Do not use your own toothpaste because dogs do not like thick foam in the mouth and a sharp mint smell.
Clothes Beagle: clothes protect him from dirt and facilitate the care of the dog after a walk.
Walking: You have to walk with your Beagle for 2 hours at least 2 times a day, morning - evening. But this is a forced minimum because the Beagle is a very active and energetic dog. He needs long walks with physical exertion and training. Never let go of your Beagle without a leash, as he tends to run away. This is very dangerous for a dog especially in a city with heavy traffic. Hunter instinct and smells attract Beagle so much that the dog is able to disobey the owner.
Ticks and Fleas in Beagle
You should regularly treat your pet with an ectoparasite remedy because these small insects carry dangerous canine diseases and cause health problems of Beagle.
Fleas carry infection from sick animals, cause itching, redness of the skin and can cause the appearance of worms.
Ticks, especially ixodic ticks, are carriers of the deadly disease of dogs - piroplasmosis (babesiosis).
Consult with a veterinarian and choose a remedy against skin parasites according to age, weight and health condition of the Beagle.
There are several types of agents against ectoparasite:
- Drops on withers
Always inspect the pet's skin for ticks after walking in the forest or park. If you find a tick, put on rubber gloves and use tweezers or a twister tick and with circular motions to unscrew the tick from dog's skin.
Inspect the bite. If there are any tick parts left (they need to be pulled out) and treat the bite with an antiseptic. Check the health of your Beagle the next few days. If the dog is active, eats well, he does not have a fever, your dog is lucky and the tick was not infectious.
Symptoms of piroplasmosis (babesiosis) of the Beagle:
- Fever (39-42 degrees)
- Refusing to eat or drink
- Dog sluggish and apathetic
- Reddish brown urine
- The dog falls on his hind legs
- The oral mucosa and the whites of the eyes become pale with a yellow tint
- Diarrhea and vomit
If you notice the above symptoms, immediately consult a veterinarian because the sooner you go to a doctor, the more chances you have to save the health and life of your dog.