How To Protect Your Beagle This Winter

Winter is a wonderful time of year with the holidays and family gatherings. The kids get the day off of school and everyone gets to spend time together. However, winter can also mean cold weather, snow, ice, and sometimes very dangerous conditions. It’s important to make sure you protect your beagle this winter. Frostbite is a real danger for Beagles during the winter months. So here are some tips on how to protect your beagle this winter season.

Make Sure Your Beagle Is In Good Health

Your Beagle needs his yearly shots as well as general checkups from his vet before going outside into colder climates.  Outdoors can make a dog more susceptible to diseases such as Canine Influenza, Parvovirus, Distemper, and Rabies especially if they are not vaccinated.   Make sure that your veterinarian also tests for Heartworm Disease which is a serious problem in the winter months.

Dog Paw Protection

Wipe them down when they come Inside

How To Protect Your Beagle This Winter

Once you and your Beagle come inside, whether it be from a walk or playtime outside make sure to wipe down their paws with a warm washcloth.  This will remove snow and salt that could irritate their paws and cause any inflammation or potential wounds to become infected.

Use Dog Booties

If you are going to go on a walk in the cold consider putting booties on your Beagles paws.  You do not want him slipping or sliding when he walks since it can cause injury to his legs or hips.

Remove Ear Hair If Necessary

Your Beagle’s ears are sensitive during the winter months so it is important that any ear hair is removed if needed.  This will help protect his ears from the elements and prevent anything from getting into his ear canal while he shakes or scratches at them.

Limit Outdoor Time To A Minimum

Make sure that all outdoor time for your Beagle is limited to an absolute minimum especially with other dogs since they are more likely to catch diseases this time of year.  It is best to be cautious and careful during this time period where the dog world becomes more susceptible to illness. Keep outdoor time to a minimum of 10-15 minutes.

Groom His Coat Properly Before Going Outdoors

When you are going to go outdoors with your Beagle it is important that he is groomed beforehand.  Brush him down and make sure that the coat is in good shape especially around his paws, backside, and belly where snow can collect and cause irritation for your dog.  It also wouldn’t hurt to clean their ears as well. Scratching Their Tummy Is Uncomfortable For Them! If your Beagle tends to scratch at his stomach after coming inside from being outside then you should bathe him right afterward.

Protect Your Beagle’s Feet From Salt Damage

It is important that salt, as well as other chemicals such as ice melt, do not come into contact with your Beagle’s paws.  These can become very irritating causing him pain and discomfort especially if he will be walking around in them for extended periods of time.

Cover-Up Inside During Winter Months

When inside make sure you keep your Beagle inside and covered up with a blanket or sweater particularly one that covers his back end. This will help prevent any drafts from getting into his body which could cause chills or even respiratory problems due to cold weather

Monitor Your Beagle’s Water Intake

Since it is colder outside you want to make sure that your Beagle is drinking water throughout the day.  Drinking plenty of water will prevent any problems with dehydration or overheating which can be fatal especially during this wintertime.

Remember these helpful tips to protect your beloved Beagle during this cold, wintry time of year so he can stay safe and healthy all while enjoying the season with you!

Give Them Proper Shelter

Don’t Leave Your Beagle Out For Too Long

Just like humans, dogs left out in the cold can suffer from hyperthermia or frostbite. It’s important to monitor how long your dog stays outside and to provide a place where they can get warm. If you can’t bring them inside, make sure there’s a doghouse with clean hay for insulation from the cold ground, along with a water bowl that won’t freeze.

Your beagle’s dog house should have:

  • Straw for insulation and bedding
  • A foundation to keep the dog house off the ground and away from moisture
  • A roof or canopy to protect your beagle from sun, rain, and snow. While a wooden roof will make it more comfortable on your beagle’s paws, it will also be more expensive than the other options.
  • A door that can be closed during harsh conditions

Don’t Leave Them In The Car

We all know how fatal leaving your child or dog in the car can be. It can get really hot inside a car in a matter of minutes and can become fatal to dogs as well. Make sure your beagle is never left unattended in the car, especially during the summer or winter months. The cold can also be fatal because trapped cold air can also be fatal so avoid leaving your dog in the car. If you think you might leave your dog unattended in the car, better leave them back home.

Know The Warning Signs To Watch Out For

Just because your dog isn’t exhibiting any signs doesn’t mean they aren’t in danger. It’s important to know what warning signs could indicate hyperthermia or frostbite. Some of these include:

  • Shivering
  • Rapid breathing
  • Pale or blue gums
  • Weakness

If you notice any of these symptoms, take your dog to a veterinarian immediately. While it’s important to protect your pet all year round, the wintertime presents certain risks that need extra attention. By following these tips, you can ensure that your beagle has a safe and happy holiday season.