Not all dogs have the same dietary needs. What is good for the beagle is not good for the pug. In this article, you’ll learn more about the unique nutritional requirements and health issues of beagles.
At the end, we’ll give you our top 3 picks for best dog food for beagles.
|Dog Food||Quality||Our Rating|
|Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition||A-|
|Wellness Complete Health||A|
|Wellness CORE Grain Free||A|
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Beagles burn through calories a lot faster than many other breeds. This is especially true when they are puppies. They need a diet that meets their higher calorie needs (and a lifestyle that allows them to be as active as they naturally want to be).
Here is a basic breakdown of the nutritional requirements for beagles:
Some sources will recommend feeding your beagle yogurt or cottage cheese but this is actually not good for them. All dogs (and all mammals actually) become lactose intolerant once they stop drinking their mother’s milk.
It is difficult for them to digest dairy products so while they can handle small amounts, it’s better to avoid them as much as possible.
Some of the most common problems that beagles experience are the following:
Here are a few tips for preventing or managing those common health problems:
Some of the health problems they experience are genetic so it’s not always in your control but through proper care and diet you can help manage symptoms and prevent some problems from occurring.
When you first bring your puppy home (if you get it as a puppy), try to feed it the same brand it was being fed at the breeder (or shelter). This will avoid upsetting their still delicate stomach.
Gradually transition by mixing in a little bit of the brand you want to switch to with the brand they are used to. Over the course of 3-4 weeks, gradually increase the amount of the new brand and decrease the amount of the old brand until they are completely transitioned.
As a rule of thumb, an adult beagle should eat 45 calories per pound of body weight. So if your beagle weighs 23 pounds, they should be eating 1,035 calories per day. Divide this up across 2 or 3 meals.
For puppies under 1 year, increase that to 55 calories per pound of body weight.
The reason for measuring in calories rather than amounts of food is because the calorie density of food varies a lot. So 1 cup of one brand might be enough for a whole day while 1 cup of another brand might only provide a fraction of what they need.
By using calories, you can easily figure out how much of any brand of food to give to your dog.
With this information in mind, it’s time to shop dog food! Here are top 3 best dog food brands for beagles.
The best thing about this brand is that it is specifically crafted for beagles. They create custom foods for different breeds. This one also features a unique kibble shape that encourages your beagle to slow down and chew more which helps manage how much they eat. It also provides all the nutrients your beagle needs to maintain strong healthy bones and muscles. This is specifically intended for adult beagles, however, so if yours is still a puppy, you’ll need something else until they reach 12 months.
Whitefish and sweet potato are the main ingredients which makes this dog food a great source of lean proteins as well as a healthy starch that also packs its own nutrient punch. With the limited ingredients, it’s also ideal for dogs with sensitive stomachs or allergies. This is also for adults so if your beagle is still under 12 months, you need to find a puppy food.
Wellness makes great 100% natural dog foods. This one is made with turkey, chicken, salmon oil, fruits, and veggies to help provide a complete and balanced diet. It is free of filler ingredients that are nutrient poor and just used to take up space so your beagle can get a nutrient rich meal every time. However, without grains or corn, it is a bit low on starches. This can be supplemented with a starchy treat or simply mixing in a little bit of corn or rice with the dry food.
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