Beagle’s diet and meal advice


It is very important to keep track of your beagles general health and a big part of keeping your pet healthy has to do with their diet. So how much should your beagle be eating?

An adult beagle should be eating one cup of dry food each day, split between the morning and early evening. Beagle puppies will eat more with two cups of dry food per day.

What are a beagle’s diet and nutritional needs?

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A beagles diet and nutritional needs will vary from beagle to beagle due to their weight and dietary needs. Typically a beagle will weigh anywhere from 25 to 30 pounds. Male beagles will generally be 36-41 cm tall and females will be from 33 to 38 cm tall. A beagle will need between 674 and 922 calories per day. These calorie needs can be met through a variety of different foods, with some being better than others. The two main options would be kibble and canned food. Kibble is a dried mixture of ingredients that are in the shape of pellets. The ingredients can vary from meats, fish, vegetables and certain minerals. Canned foods are a mixture of meats, vitamins and minerals. The wet texture is due to the producers not drying the food out. A gravy is also added to help create this wet canned food.

What foods are bad for a beagle?

There is a wide range of foods that your beagle should not be consuming. Some of these include:

  • Xylitol
  • Avocado
  • Alcohol
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Coffee, tea, etc
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Dairy products (for some beagles)
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Peaches/plums
  • Raw egg
  • Salt
  • Sugary foods

What is the importance of the ingredients in your beagles food?

The ingredients in your beagle’s food pay a major role in their overall health. It is important that you know what you should be looking for in your pet’s food. The most common ingredients that you will find in your dog’s food include cereals, vegetables, fish, meats, fats, oils, sodium and chloride. Some foods that you find in pet stores contain ingredients that can have negative effects on your beagle. These poor quality ingredients are more commonly found in cheaper food for your dog. Some of these bad ingredients that you should be looking out for include melamine, BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin, propylene glycol, carrageenan, meat meal, food dyes, corn syrup, MSG and sodium hexametaphosphate.

What ingredients should I be looking for in my beagles food?

Healthy ingredients that you should be looking for in your beagles food include:

  • Meats
  • Organ meat
  • Carbohydrates
  • Healthy fats (fats found in meat, sunflower oil, coconut oil, fish oil, flaxseed oil, and olive oil)
  • Fiber
  • Electrolytes
  • Vitamins
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Minerals (sometimes referred to as trace minerals)
  • Superfoods (chia seeds, blueberries, pumpkin, kale and quinoa)

Can my beagle eat xylitol?

No, beagles can not eat xylitol. Xylitol can be found in sweets, gum, toothpaste, certain diet foods and a wide variety of baked goods. Xylitol can cause the blood sugar to drop in your beagle, seizures, liver failure and in some cases death.

Can my beagle eat avocado?

No, your beagle can not eat avocado. Avocados contain persin, which can be toxic to animals. However, dogs tend to be more resistant to persin but that does not mean that it is safe for every beagle.

Can my beagle drink alcohol?

Alcohol is toxic to dogs just as it is to us. And it has very similar effects on your dog as it would on you, such as issues with liver and brain. Your beagle however will have serious issues even if it consumes a small amount.

Can my beagle eat onions?

No, your beagle can not eat onions. Onions are toxic to your dog.

Can my beagle eat garlic?

No, your beagle can not eat garlic. Garlic can be very toxic to your beagle.

Can my beagle drink coffee, tea and other caffeinated drinks?

No, your beagle can drink any caffeinated drinks. They are far more sensitive to its effects than humans. If a beagle consumes caffeine it causes issues with their health due to it being toxic.

Can my beagle eat grapes and raisins?

No, your beagle can not eat grapes or raisins. Both of these foods are very toxic to your pet. If your beagle eats this it can lead to vomiting or even kidney failure.

Can my beagle eat dairy products?

Dogs can be lactose intolerant which means they can not digest it. If your beagle is lactose intolerant, feeding them dairy products can lead to diarrhea and other digestive issues.

Can my beagle eat macadamia nuts?

No, your beagle can not eat macadamia nuts. These nuts are toxic and cause issues even if a small amount are consumed. Issues such as muscle shakes, vomiting, high temperature, and weakness in their back legs.

Can my beagle eat chocolate?

No, your beagle can not eat chocolate. Chocolate is toxic to beagles due to the theobromine in it. If your beagle does eat chocolate you must keep a close eye on them and look for symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, heart problems, tremors and seizures.

Can my beagle eat peaches or plums?

Beagles can eat peaches and plums, however they can not eat the seeds. The seeds in these fruits are poisonous. The seeds can cause issues in your dogs small intestine.

Can my beagle eat raw eggs?

When feeding your beagle raw eggs there can be issues such as salmonella that come with it.

Can my beagle eat salt?

Beagles can eat salt but the issue comes from how much that they are consuming. If your dog consumes a large amount of salt it can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, high temperature and potentially seizures.

Can my beagle eat sugary foods?

No, your beagle should not be eating sugary foods. Sugary foods have similar effects on your dog as it does on us. However, the difference is that dogs are much worse at controlling it. Your beagle can become overweight and also have issues with their teeth.

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Adam Docherty

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