Nutritional Tips for Beagles
by Ian Germann
With a rich history dating back centuries, beagles are believed to have originated in England, being primarily bred for hunting small game, such as rabbits. The breed’s development involved crossing various hounds to achieve their exceptional scenting and tracking abilities. Compact and muscular, beagles typically weigh between 20-30 pounds (9-14 kg) and stand at a height of around 13-15 inches (33-38 cm) at the shoulder.
known for their friendly, outgoing and sociable nature, beagles are generally affectionate dogs that love being around their families; including children and other pets. Beagles are pack-oriented and often thrive in the company of other dogs. With an often curious and inquisitive nature, thus can sometimes lead them to follow scents or wander off if not properly supervised.
Beagles as a breed are quite prone to allergies. Allergies in beagles can manifest in various forms, including food allergies, environmental allergies and flea allergies. Managing environmental allergies involves minimizing exposure to allergens. Regular bathing with hypoallergenic shampoos, wiping paws after outdoor activities, and keeping the living environment clean can help reduce allergen exposure. Regular use of flea preventives, such as topical treatments or oral medications, as recommended by a veterinarian, is essential to keep fleas at bay.
It’s also possible that your dog may be experiencing food-related allergies. Evanger’s limited ingredient recipes include Sweet Potato, Pork, Buffalo and Rabbit for great toppers that you can feel good about feeding your pup.
Consider using interactive feeding toys or puzzle feeders to make mealtime more engaging for your beagle. These toys require your dog to work for their food by solving puzzles or manipulating the toy to dispense the kibble. This not only provides mental stimulation but also slows down their eating pace, promoting better digestion.
Training sessions are not only a great way to teach your beagle basic obedience commands but also to keep their mind sharp and engaged. Incorporate short training sessions into your daily routine, focusing on teaching new tricks or reinforcing existing commands. Evanger’s offers healthy treats that are perfect for training. With only 6 calories a piece, their Grain Free Jerky Treats are fresh meat and low fat semi-moist treats that are easy to tear into smaller pieces for dogs of any size.
Beagles are also prone to having a lot of problems with their skin & coat, be it from allergies, infections or diseases such as impetigo. This is compounded by the fact that beagles have sensitive skin, so it’s important to supplement their diet to help support their skin & coat. One way to support your pup’s skin is with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are considered essential because the body cannot produce them on its own, so they must be obtained through the diet.
They help reduce inflammation, moisturize the skin, enhance coat quality and more. It can also be found in a variety of Evanger’s dog food such as their Grain Free Wild Salmon and Grain Free Whitefish and Sweet Potato with Salmon Meal Dry Food for Dogs.
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