General Health Information

Puppy Buying

Some handy hints and points to consider when purchasing a Beagle puppy. There is also a Puppy Checklist which can be downloaded.

 

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Feeding Information

Beagles are generally easy to feed. It is very rare to find a beagle who won’t eat anything you offer so you should be able to find a diet that will suit, in fact you will have to calorie count with most beagles as they have never learnt when to stop!...

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Cherry Eye

Dogs have a lower third eyelid, which has a gland on the back contributing to tear production. Sometimes this gland becomes enlarged and everts over the top of the third eyelid...

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Rescuing a Beagle

There are some situations where older beagles need new homes. They might be handed in to Beagle Welfare, as the current owner is unable to continue caring for them due to a change in circumstances. Some are found wandering and their original owner is never traced....

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Canine Kennel Cough

Canine Kennel Cough is actually better termed as Kennel Cough Syndrome (KC) as it refers to a series of upper respiratory infections which tend to produce a hacking, retching cough. Other signs seen include a running nose-which can be watery or snotty and eyes signs such as conjunctivitis....

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Epilepsy in Beagles

Epilepsy is a widely used term describing the uncontrolled movements of muscles known as fits and seizures. There are lots of different things that can cause seizures and they can be a one off or repetitive in different situations. Beagles have been recorded as having epileptic seizures for many years...

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Hazardous Things Your Beagle May Eat

Apart from the obvious things like bleach, toadstools and plastic that beagles might eat there are a number of things that are not safe for beagles. In fact they apply to all dogs that explore their world by taking things into their mouth. Below is a selection of the most common hazards....

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Parasite Control

This section aims to looks at various parasites and the best ways to control and prevent them....

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Beagle Tail

The condition of Beagle Tail also occurs in other breeds and may be called Limber Tail or Limp Tail as well. It most commonly occurs after a beagle has been bathed or been swimming and results in a tail which hangs down after the first few cms.....

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Puppy Strangles

This is a condition also known as Puppy Head Gland Disease, Juvenile Pyoderma and Juvenile Cellulitis. It affects puppies of a few weeks old and can occur in any breed although some seem more prone than others....

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Skin Disease

The skin can show abnormalities caused by a variety of causes. Unfortunately the signs are often non specific to the cause. Abnormalities include hair loss, itching, spots, red areas and flaking to name a few common signs seen...

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Dew Claws

All dogs have five digits on their front feet. Four are equivalent to our fingers and the fifth is a smaller digit equivalent to our thumbs which doesn't connect with the ground known as the front dew claw....

 

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Cushings and Addisons Disease

The body contains two very small glands adjacent to the kidneys known as adrenal glands. They produce a number of regulatory hormones involved in maintaining the body including cortisone and the mineralocorticoids....

 

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Identifying Your Beagle

The beagle lends itself to easy identification with the owner as each has unique markings. But how can we identify a beagle who is lost or stolen?....

 

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Dentition

The UK Beagle standard states that the beagle should have a scissor bite. This means that the teeth in the top jaw should tightly overlap the bottom teeth. The jaws should be symmetrical and the teeth clean. Such a jaw would be able to grip prey correctly and allow the beagle to fulfil it's function as a hunting hound. This is the jaw shape in most prey animals in the wild....

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Introducing Babies & Beagles

Whether you have a beagle already and are planning a baby or you have children and are planning on adding a beagle it is always good to think ahead and plan how you are going to introduce them together. ....

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Breeding Problems

Mating of dogs to produce a healthy litter doesn’t always go to plan. The problem can be from the bitch or the dog’s side but here we are going to discuss the bitch. The scenario can be split into two as there can be firstly a lack of conception and secondly a failure to progress after a successful conception or a smaller litter than expected....

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Ear Health and Care

Beagles have ears which are relatively long to help waft scent up as they hunt. This does mean they can get traumatised as they are out and about. The ear flap or pinna does also help to protect the ear from too many things going inside such as seeds but reduces air flow compared to an upright ear....

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Catalase Deficiency

Catalase deficiency is a rare disorder which leads to an abnormality in the gene coding for the anti-oxidative enzyme catalase. It is also known as hypocatalasemia and acatalasia. Catalase is involved in metabolism of hydrogen peroxide which is generated during the respiration process in cells which produces oxygen...

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Winter Health Care

If the weather freezes, beware of grit scattered on the roads which often goes on the pavements too. This can be irritant to feet particularly dogs who walk through it. It is a good idea to wash off feet when the dog comes in
For older dogs now might be the time to consider if they need a coat for inclement weather....

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