Common Beagle Health Problems – How to Prevent Them – Part 1

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Beagle Health ProblemsThis series of articles is designed to get you equipped to deal with the right doses of prevention that these common health problems require.

Remember that every dog owner needs to have at least one good reference guide to their dog’s health to ensure that they live a long and healthy life. Check out “The Ultimate Guide to Dog’s Health”.

In part 1 we are going to cover: ear infection, skin allergies and skin infections such as Pyoderma, also known as hot spots.

 

Common Health Problem 1 – Ear infection

Your beagle’s ears don’t get enough air circulation plus moisture and dirt can easily get trapped in your dog’s ears leading to fungus and yeast.

Common Causes: ear mites, bacteria, food allergies, bad hygiene.

What Signals to Watch for: excessive waxy discharge, inflammation, constant scratching

What to Do: consult with your vet to avoid having the infection spread to the middle or inner ear.

How to Prevent Ear Infections:

  1. Inspect your Beagle’s ears regularly.
  2. Clean their ears properly. (Check out our Grooming Resources for an in-depth explanation).

 

Common Health Problem 2 – Skin Allergy

Common Causes: flea bites, food allergies, inhalant allergies, such as dust or pollen, processed dog food.

What Signals to Watch for: scratching our chewing at the affected areas, red or irritated skin, hair loss, swelling.

What to Do: consult with your vet.

How to Prevent Skin Allergies:

  1. Inspect your beagle’s skin regularly. (Again you can check our Grooming Resources for more information).
  2. Regular flea medication (to avoid also potential diseases from ticks and other parasites).
  3. Choose the right food for your Beagle and avoid feeding them with too many grain fillers, processed meat or human food. (You will find more info in our Beagle Food Resources).

 

Common Health Problem 3 – Skin Infections and Pyoderma (aka Hot Spots)

Pyoderma is one of the most common forms of skin infections caused by the overgrowth of bacteria on your Beagle’s skin.

Common Causes: humidity, warmth, history of infections and allergies, fleas, problems with their anal sacs, among others.

What Signals to Watch for: it shows up suddenly. Your Beagle will lick, bite and scratch the area. Watch for circular patches where the hair is missing, itch, swelling, irritability.

What to Do: they need to be treated immediately.

How to Prevent Skin Infections:

  1. Regular and proper inspection and grooming. (Again you can check our Grooming Resources for more information).
  2. Identify the cause of the problem and target it (whether a grooming issue, allergies, or a psychological issues such as boredom).

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