Beagle Puppy Looking at Cake on a Table

Best Dog Food for Your Beagle

Beagles are an energetic breed that need plenty of nourishment to fuel their active lifestyle. The specific nutrients they should be getting is unique to their own body and health so let’s dig deeper into what your beagle needs to be healthy and what the best brands out there are to meet his needs.

Beagle Basic Nutritional Needs

Beagles are generally very active so they need a lot of protein to repair the muscles they are regularly using. We recommend a minimum of at least 35% of your Beagle’s totally calories come from nutritious protein sources like fish or poultry.

Cute Puppy Eyes Beagle

They should also eat plenty of healthy complex carbs to meet their energy requirements. This should be a mixture of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. The remaining calories should come from healthy (nondairy) fat sources like fish oil or plant oils. This will help nourish their skin and coat to prevent the infections and rashes that they are prone to.

Common Health Problems

Beagles are naturally quite healthy especially if they are allowed to get as much exercise as they want. But they are at high risk for the following:

  • Skin problems: dry, itchy skin can be a problem for many beagles. Also, their adventurous spirit can lead them to rolling around in things that irritate their skin. Avoid excessive bathing but brush your dog weekly so that you can examine their coat and skin for signs of irritation or infection.
  • Ear problems: their floppy ears may look adorable but that same ear structure puts them at risk for ear infections because it does not allow for air to easily circulate. Perform ear examinations at home at least once every two weeks to make sure there are no infections.
  • Eye problems: Beagles are prone to many different eye diseases including cataracts and eyelash abnormalities. Examine the eyes for signs of irritation and infection when you examine the ears.

Three Beagle Pups Eating Out of a Bowl

While there is no 100% guaranteed prevention method, a healthy, balanced diet and plenty of exercise are your best defense against illness. Making sure your Beagle is getting the nutrients it needs to keep its body strong will give him a much better chance of fighting off any illnesses that try to harm him.

Basic Feeding Guidelines

Follow these key tips to make sure your Beagle is getting everything they need:

  • An adult (1+ years old) should eat around 1,000 calories a day, more if they are very active and less if they aren’t particularly active. You can start at 1,000 and adjust up or down depending on if he starts losing or gaining weight.
  • As puppies (8 weeks to 1 year old), they should be eating more calories so that they can grow to a healthy weight. Aim for 55 calories per pound that your puppy weighs. So a 10 pound puppy would need 550 calories. At adulthood, it goes down to 45 calories per pound.
  • Always divide food into at least 2 separate meals to help with portion control, prevent bloat, and prevent obesity.
  • While potty training, it can be helpful to divide food into 3-4 meals per day to make bowel movements more predictable and regular.

When switching to a different brand, always do it gradually to avoid digestive problems. Start by mixing about 20% of the new food with 80% of the old brand of food and gradually increase the amount of new food over the course of about 3-4 weeks.

Top 2 Best Dog Food for Beagles

Wellness Complete Health Whitefish & Sweet Potato Natural Dry Dog Food

Wellness Dog Foods is a really great brand that uses quality ingredients to nourish your Beagle.

Wellness Complete Health Dog Food Flavours for Beagle

Both fish and sweet potato are some of our top recommendations for beagles so it’s great to see them together in this recipe. It’s also rich in omega 3 fatty acid which is great for the skin. It’s not the cheapest brand out there but you do get the quality you would expect for the price.

Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition Beagle

Royal Canin brand knows the beagle is an active and excitable breed so it has crafted a recipe that will fuel its lifestyle without contributing to problems like obesity.

Royal Canin Dog Food for Adult Beagle

The shape of the kibble forces beagles to chew more slowly which helps ensure they get only the calories they need to recharge their batteries.

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