Grooming a Beagle doesn’t really take that much time. For the most part, they can take care of themselves pretty well and are really easy to keep clean. Your main enemy when it comes to grooming is your Beagle’s desire to dig holes and the need to follow strange new scents through dirt, bushes and mud.
Keep reading to learn more about the basics of properly grooming and taking care of your Beagle.
Brushing the Beagle’s coat will help get rid of loose hairs and maintain a nice and smooth coat. Since their coats are naturally good at keeping dust and dirt off, brushing will get rid of any remaining dirt that didn’t fall off on its own.
So purchase a nice brush for short hair and brush his fur once a week. I also suggest that you do this outside so that any hair that falls down will stay outside and not on your carpet.
All dogs shed and our beloved Beagle is no different. However there is some good news. Since beagle’s hair is a lot shorter than some of the other breeds, it’s a lot less noticeable. And with a good diet, plenty of exercise and weekly brushings you can reduce shedding significantly.
Constant shedding that isn’t caused from season changes can be a sign that your dog is missing some vitamins or minerals in his diet. Try changing his diet or add a multivitamin to his meals to see if things get better.
It’s actually better for your Beagle if you give him less frequent baths. That is because their coats have natural oils in them that protect them from dirt and keeps them looking shiny. Bathing the dog too often can wash away those oils leaving their fur unprotected and damaged. So ease up on the baths and only give them when absolutely necessary.
When cleaning ears don’t use cotton swabs, instead try cotton balls or special wipes. Cotton swabs are designed for human ears and don’t work so well on a dog, especially if he likes to jump around and move when you try to clean his ears.
When cleaning the Beagle’s ear, inspect them for any signs of dried blood or foul-smell. Those are signs of an ear infection or an allergic reaction to something. Don’t be surprised to find a bit of dirt though, especially if your Beagle likes to dig.
Dogs that spend more time outdoors on rough terrain will have their nails trimmed naturally. However if you notice that your Beagles nails are getting too long, it’s a good idea to trim them down or use nail clippers to shorten them. Just make sure you don’t cut in too deep and cause bleeding.
The Beagle’s teeth will also require some attention. Give your dog some dental chews to freshen up his breath, or you can even try a doggy toothpaste and toothbrush. It won’t be easy brushing his teeth at first, but with some practice you’ll get it.
Dental work for dogs can cost a lot of money. So spending a few bucks on chews that will help them keep their teeth healthy and clean can save you lots of money in the long run.
Dealing with Pests
Fleas are tough to deal with and there is no miracle product on the shelves that will get rid of them entirely. Shampoos might wash the fleas off your dog and flea collars will help prevent some jumping on him but there will be still plenty of them living in your carpet and the dog’s bed.
The best way to deal with fleas is to entirely and thoroughly clean your home, carpet, clothes and Beagle. Use everything you can against them until they are all completely gone, even if there are just a few left. They can easily rebuild their colonies in a very short period of time.
Every time you take the Beagle out to the park or let him run around in bushy areas, inspect the dog for any ticks and brush their coats with a fine comb. Even if your Beagle has a flea and tick collar on, it’s still a good idea to check your Beagle to make sure no ticks got on him.
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