Just like kids, dogs also get sick. Its not always easy to tell if your
beagle is sick. There are some signs to watch for.
Signs that Your Beagle Maybe Sick
1. Loss of Appetite A sudden loss of appetite, is a clue
that your beagle is sick. If they don’t drink much water. You need to go ahead and get them
checked by a vet. If you can as gross as it is, get a ziplock bag, and take a sample of their stool with you
when you take them to the VET. It can help out alot.
2. Sleeping and Loss of EnergyBeagles are known for their energy. If your beagle is
laying down, more than usual, he could be sick.
To check if your dog is running a temperature, check under their ears.
3. Change in their eyes My beagle Hunter became sick, his bright eyes, became dull. Any changes in brightness
or color of your pet’s eyes, can be a sign that they are sick.
Video Tips How to Tell if Your Dog is Sick: Including how to take Your Dog’s Temperature
When my beagle Hunter became sick as a puppy, he wouldn’t eat. He wouldn’t even take any sips of water. His usual playful energy,
was instantly changed. He was suddenly laying down.
He didn’t want to go for a walk. He had no interest in playing with his favorite ball. So I checked under his ears. It felt hot. His eyes
had lost their brightness. So I took him to the vet. After some tests, the VET concluded that my beagle had kennel cough.
The vet told us what to do.
I’ve been a dog mom for 3 years this month (May) and I’ve been hearing about the raw
food diet for dogs for more than 2 years. At first I thought it was a silly fad; dogs don’t eat raw food, they’ve evolved beyond that. But the more people I encountered who raved about the benefits (less poop, better coats, less shedding), the more curious I became.
Photo taken By Kimberely Gauthier Photographer, Pet Blogger at Keep The Tail Wagging @TheFurMom and Author
After a few months of research, last month (April) I decided to pull the trigger and make the switch.
But I didn’t switch all the way to raw and this is why we chose a raw + kibble diet for our dogs…
1. We didn’t know what we were doing. Even with the guidance of a holistic vet, books I found online, and fellow raw feeders, I was still nervous about the switch. When you’re about to feed your dogs raw food, all of a sudden you wonder…
* Should I warm this up?
* Is this messy; should I feed them outside?
* Will they become aggressive with each other?
* Are they getting all the nutrients they need?
* What if I forget to thaw the meat out?
* How much does this cost?
And on and on the questions came so I thought starting slow with a morning raw meal would work and evening kibble meal. Many people will argue that still keeping kibble in their diet is dangerous, because the kibble digests more slowly allowing the raw food to decompose in their tummies, making them sick.
I learned that it takes up to 5 hours for raw to digest and up to 10 hours for kibble to digest. They eat kibble in the evenings (5pm) and by the time they’re ready for breakfast (5am), the kibble is out of their system. Our dogs have been eating raw for three weeks and no one has gotten sick.
2. We weren’t sure if the dogs would like it. I didn’t want to rush our dogs into a raw diet and many people recommended a gradual shift to raw, not a cold turkey approach.
The dogs love their raw food. They’ve been very clear on which meat they don’t like (duck). We feed them a premade raw meal delivered 2x monthly from a local provider.
3. We wanted to account for when I couldn’t feed them. I’ve spoken with other raw feeders who keep kibble on the menu for when they’re traveling, when they’re running late, or when they forget to defrost the next day’s meal.
What we’ve found is that this isn’t much of a worry, especially when using pre-made raw meals. Another option raw feeders are using is freeze dried raw meals; this is a great back up when even the phone reminder doesn’t work (because the phone is in the other room, on vibrate).
The raw food community is huge and very supportive. As more people make the switch to raw food and see the benefits of this diet for their dogs (less poo, less smelly poo, better skin and coat, more energy, cleaner teeth, less vet visits), the more we’ll see our options grow. Feeding raw does cost more than feeding premium kibble, but I’m convinced that this cost will come back to us in fewer vet bills. And pre-made raw provided by a local company takes the nutrient-worry away! We’re well on our way to feeding fully raw.
If the raw food diet is something you’re considering, don’t allow anyone to pressure you. Take your time and do your homework and do what is comfortable for you and safe for your pets. Ask other raw feeders about their experience and look into what’s holding you back and how you can get over that barrier.
Kimberely Gauthier Pet Blogger Keep the Tail Wagging, @FurMom, Photographer and Author
Kimberly Gauthier is the blogger behind Keep the Tail Wagging where she shares dog care tips from her perspective as The Fur Mom to three rescue pups. She writes about dog health, nutrition, training and behavior; taking inspiration from Rodrigo, Sydney and Blue. Kimberly lives with her boyfriend, there three dogs and two cats in the Pacific Northwest.
When I’m out on our night walks and i see bikers pass by in the night, they seem to
always be wearing blinking lights and reflectors. They seem to understand the danger… we want
that to be the case for dog walkers too.
To solve this problem we designed a series of high quality LED dog leashes and collars.
These Leashes and collars are stylish, durable, easy to clean and replacing the batteries is simple.
We made a short video explaining our product and our mission in more detail.
The video has been getting a lot of views and good feedback.
I guess technically I’m a movie star now.
Not too shabby.
Naraku from Pup Protector Lounging
Guest Author Spencer & Naraku Jensen Bio:
3 years ago Trevor, was the victim of a hit and run driver while we were on our morning walk. Trevor
was a former standout basketball player and hasn’t been able to play since the accident, which
was just one of the many effects of the hit.
His roommate and brother Spencer saw how this tragic incident caused a dark period in
Trevor’s life and after years of standing by and watching other people fall victim to these
incidents they decided to make a stand. In America, on average, a pedestrian is hit every 8
minutes. They both quit their jobs and took on the cause full time.
Trevor along with his brother Spencer decided to create a line of ultra-bright lighted LED
leashes and collars to make dogs and dog walkers more visible in the night and early morning.
After failed attempts to gain support from banks and other funding institutions, they
decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign and let the dog community decide whether this was a worthy cause.
The campaign launched March 12th with a goal of 60,000 dollars in order to meet
production goals. The campaign ends April 3rd. Please help them by buying a wonderful collar, leash or simply making a donation at their website www.pupprotector.com
One year as an anniversary present,
I got a male beagle. It was my very first
beagle. I called him Hunter Warrior. The puppy
stage with him was rough. I really enjoyed his
sweet and mischievous personality. He was the best fishing partner I ever had.
He became a beloved member of our family. My
parents loved him to pieces, and enjoyed opening
up their home and yard to him. As he got older in his senior years about 7 years of age,
he needed more tender loving care.
As he aged we helped him by taking these
Top Care tips
Schedule regular wellness check ups with your vet.
Watch your Beagles weight, and give them regular exercise, that your
Older beagles may start to show gray hair, most often on the muzzle and around the eyes. The coat may also become thinner and duller. Fatty acid supplements may help restore some of the luster to the coat. If the coat of an older beagle changes significantly, you should have this checked by a veterinarian, it may be an early sign of disease or nutritional deficiency. Older dogs may also need to be groomed more often, with special attention given to the anal area. While grooming, you should feel all parts of your beagle’s body to find either tender areas or unusual growths and lumps. Some older dogs develop multiple benign tumors of the skin, which are generally not removed. Any unusual changes in size, appearance or texture of these growths, however, should be reported to your veterinarian, as they may be indications of malignancy.
If your beagle starts drinking lots of water, take them to the
vet. Female dogs can develop a hardening of the mammary gland.
They can get breast cancer. It happened to our neighbors female
dog who was spayed. They lost her, to breast cancer.
Our beagle began to drink lots of water. We took him
to the vet quickly. We were able to have our beagle around
just a while longer as result.
So ask your vet to check these things. If your beagle isn’t acting the way
they usually do, take them to the vet, and find out whats going. Annual
wellness check ups can help keep your beagle in optimal health through their
I like taking my beagle for a walk.
Candy will go to the door, when I get
the leash. She does sit and wait, but once
I put the leash on her and open the
door, she bolts and takes me for a drag.
So I did a google search, to find some
tips on what I could do, to master the
walk with my beagle. While searching youtube, I found Your Dog Guru. I found his site, and contacted him.
I gave him my email and phone number. Fifteen minutes
later, my phone rang. It was Your Dog Guru. Wow I was
impressed, because I was just expecting an email maybe
in a few weeks.
He told me that I need to get my beagle to learn to walk with me. That’s
a whole lot better than her dragging me every where. He told me I needed to teach Candy to walk with
me, I needed to change the direction that I walk but be a little more unpredictable with my movement and work on keeping a slack leash. She needs to walk with me, and learn my motion.
He actually talked to my husband over the phone for a full hour! He told us both, that we should talk to
our beagle out only when she is calm and does something right reinforce good behavior Pet her,
praise her and give her affection every time she does something right. Not
just for when we take for a walk. Anything she does right in the house. The praises
need to be calm, nothing over the top. He says that this build stronger relationship with your dog and builds a deeper bond. So they will look to you more for guidance and they will have confidence in your as their leader.
So I tried these tips. I instantly saw a change in our
Candy. She was very hyper before. Her previous owners,
never walked her. She was cooped up in a small apartment.
So she learned to be anxious, and hyper. By using his training tips,
we are building a better relationship with her. She is becoming a really
Both my husband and I take time to walk with her. We are also teaching our son to do the same.
Some mornings my husband walks her, and some days I do. The video below will go over some of the tips,
that he gave us on the phone.
Ask about the animal’s background if it’s not clear from the cage card. Did the pet arrive as a stray or was she given up by her previous owner? If so, why? How long has the animal been at the shelter?
Medical and/or behavioral assessments
Shelters continue to raise the bar in terms of their testing and vaccination protocols, as well as their behavior modification programs to make animals more adoptable. Inquire about any medical or behavioral evaluations and make sure you understand what type of treatment is required for any problems that have been identified. In addition, you may want to ask about the animal’s behavior at the shelter and how it may be similar to or different from what you can expect at home.
1. Are you ready to have a dog in your life? This will require a lifelong commitment
to your new beagle. Get to know this new beagle. Be patient, this is a new home,
and a new beginning for both of you. Get a professional trainer to help you
build a very good bond and trust with each other.
2. Do you have a good place to live? Beagles can live in apartments some
places have restrictions on the breeds you can have. Beagles are known to howl,
when left alone.
3. IF your going on a trip do you have someone who can watch your Beagle? Do you have
a suitable pet sitter, for your beagle. It has to be someone you can trust. If something
serious happens, they can take your beagle to your vet, walk them, and give them the care
they need while you are away.
4.Are you a responsible pet owner? If your beagle needs medical care,
or has some past behavioral issues, due to maybe neglect or abuse, are you
prepared to help them? They may need professional dog training or medical care.
You have to be prepared to make a lifelong commitment to your new companion.
You will be rescuing a beagle, and giving them
a new lease on life. Its a wonderful experience, to adopt
a beagle. When we adopted Candy, we found a good companion
for our family.
She is happy to see us, loves to go for walks, and
great to snuggle with, for family TV Night. We all
have to build trust with her. When we first got her,
the other beagle she was with, had hurt her. He was very
Her owners had neglected her and given favor to the other
dogs in the house. Encouraging the other dogs to attack her.
This was her history. She needed attention, and a calm
balanced family. This is what we gave her.
I’m happy to say that, she had a good Christmas, and
gave use some fun laughs. She got out, one day.
We had built trust with her, and when we called her
she came back to us. and didn’t run off.
Ask the right questions, and look for the right beagle,
and you won’t be sorry when you adopt. Its a very rewarding
In addition we recommend reading, Bow_Wows-Of Holly a Novella about the life changing role, a rescued beagle can have in your life. This book benefits many dog rescue groups,
but especially the Beagle Freedom Project
It’s time to winterize your beagle. We found this great article on Healthypet.com. In this
post they go over some tips to keep your beagle warm comfy and safe over the winter.
Having a fur coat isn’t enough.
The first thing they do is debunk the myth that because our dogs are covered in fur that they can withstand the cold better than humans.
This is not the case. Like us, animals are accustomed to the warmth of indoor shelter and cold weather can as hard on them as it is on people. Forcing animals to be outside during harsh weather can lead to serious illness.
They then go into listing these tips for winter safety for you beagle
Keep pets indoors as much as possible in cold weather. When they go out, stay with them. When you’re cold enough to go in, your pet is probably ready to return inside too.
Make sure that your pet always has fresh, non-frozen drinking water. Animals who don’t have clean accessible water will turn to gutters and puddles when they can drink deadly antifreeze, oil and other chemicals.
Your pet’s health can also affect how long it can stay outdoors. Conditions like diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and hormonal imbalances can compromise a pet’s ability to regulate their own body heat
Very young and old animals are especially vulnerable to the cold. The cold can be especially hard on the joints of older animals that become stiff and tender. Stay directly behind older pets when they are climbing stairs. Stiff and arthritic pets can experience significant injury if they slip on ice, so beware of conditions when you walk them.
If you live near a pond or lake, be especially careful of ice. Animals can easily fall through the ice and it is difficult for them to escape on their own. Keep your pet on a leash and stay with them when outdoors.
Pets who go outdoors can pick up rock salt, ice, and chemical ice melts in their foot pads. Keep your pet’s pads from getting chapped and raw by wiping their feet with a washcloth when they come inside.
Beware of your pet becoming trapped. Animals left outdoors can be very resourceful in trying to find shelter. They dig into snow banks and dive under porches, into window wells, and cellars where they can become trapped. Always provide warm, accessible shelter and watch them closely.
Check under your car hood, honk, or rap on the hood before you start your car or truck engine. A cold cat will curl up against almost anything–including engines–to stay warm.
Winter gear for your beagle.
If your dog will tolerate them, consider equipping them with special booties that protect their paws from cold, chemicals, and salt. Booties will also keep your dog from licking the salt off its feet, which can cause inflammation of the digestive track. Also, if your dog will tolerate a sweater, use it to provide added warmth, remembering however, that pets lose most of their body heat through the pads of their feet, their ears, and their respiratory tract.
How to tell if you beagle is cold
When outdoors with your pet, watch for the following signs of exposure:
Looking for places to burrow
If you notice any of these signs, return your pet indoors immediately.
Some cold weather medical problems to watch out for.
Frostbite happens when an animal’s (or person’s) body gets so cold it pulls all the blood from extremities to the body’s core to stay warm. An animal’s ears, paws, and tail can get so cold that ice crystals form in the tissue damaging it. Frostbite can be tricky because it is not immediately obvious. Sometimes the tissue doesn’t show signs of damage for several days. If you suspect your pet may have frostbite, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Hypothermia is body temperature that is below normal. This condition occurs when an animal is unable to keep its body temperature from falling below normal. It occurs when an animal spends too much time in cold temperatures, or when an animal with poor health or circulation is exposed to cold. In mild cases, the animal will shiver and show signs of depression, lethargy, and weakness. As the condition progresses, muscles will stiffen, the heart and breathing rates slow, and the animal will stop responding to stimuli.
If you your beagle gets hypothermia here’s you do.
Get your pet indoors and warm.
Wrap your pet in blankets and take it to the veterinarian.
Your veterinarian will, if necessary, monitor your pet’s heart rate and blood pressure and give warm fluids through an IV.
These are just a few tips to keep you beagle warm safe and happy this winter.
What If My Puppy Seems Frightened During Socialization?
Even though 3 to 12 weeks old is a time when puppies are most comfortable with new experiences, they might sometimes find a new experience frightening. Whenever this happens, it’s important to introduce your puppy to the scary situation much more gradually, and to make a big effort to do something your puppy loves during the situation or right afterwards. For example, if your puppy seems to be frightened while sitting on your lap in a schoolyard full of children, then sit further away from the action and offer your pup a delicious treat each time a scary noise or movement happens. Another solution is to go to a much quieter park where only a few children are playing, use praise and treats to help convince him it’s a great place to be
You can take your puppy for a short drive through to
grab a burger. Have coffee at your favorite coffee spot,
and hangout outdoors with your pup. You can take them
for small walks around small shopping areas.
Its also important to keep socializing your dog
through out their life. This means varying
your walk routine, and continuing to introduce them
to new people and other dogs.
The more you do it, the more balanced and
better behaved your dog will be.
Puppy Socialization Tips
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English: fireworks seen across the at Washington, D.C., USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Fourth of July is a fun
holiday. The pool parties,
backyard fun, and the
Its not a fun time for our
dogs. The loud noises, bright
lights can and will spook your
If you can its best to keep them There
are those delicious B-B-Q’s. Chicken bones
and other foods can harm your beagle. Keep
them on their regular diet.
Keep your beagle at home during the public
fireworks show. Keep some of the dogs toys,
bed and turn on the radio or leave the tv on
at a normal volume. This will muffle the sound
of the fireworks. Also do this if your beagle is
an outside dog.
Take your Beagle for a walk early that morning.
It well help burn off some energy and lower the
Fourth of July pet safety tips :
• Keep alcoholic drinks, lighters and lighter fluid and fireworks out of reach. All have ingredients that are toxic to animals.
• Keep your pets on their normal diet—even if they’re begging for a burger from the grill.
• Keep citronella candles, citronella spray and other bug-repellents away from animals, unless the label specifically says the bug repellent is safe for animals.
Seal the Hatch: Close all windows and doors. Doggie doors or cat flaps should be disabled as well. As for rabbits, bring them inside if possible. At the very least, cover your outdoor rabbit hutch with a blanket; also add a few blankets or extra bedding inside for comfort.
Curtain Call: Draw the curtains inside to help dull the noise.
White Noise: Run an air conditioner or fan, or put on some soothing background music — classical is great.
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