Many families adore adopting dogs as pets as they consider them excellent companions and friends for life. Most of these animals are very loyal and loving to their owners and members of their human family.
The strong bonds with our pet and our love for it make us worry about its care, care and maintenance. A canine is like a son to us, so we must provide it with the best possible lifestyle.
One of the most popular and well-known dog breeds in the world is the Beagle. It is a small canine with a graceful appearance, an elongated head, a well-pronounced chest, and large ears. This breed comes in groups of two or three colors in which white, black and brown tones always predominate.
It should be noted that the Beagle’s coat is short, which can be a disadvantage, especially for those families that live in cold climates.
Can Beagles Handle Cold Weather?
Dogs of this breed love nature. They love to go out and run outdoors, exercise, and do any other physical activity, especially with their owner. However, it is essential to keep the weather issue in mind. Although these dogs are hardy outdoors, they are not animals that can bear the cold during winter.
That’s because Beagles don’t have the right coat type for it. This animal’s fur is short, which makes it perfect for running, playing, or exercising in sunny climates. This breed can suffer symptoms similar to that of the common cold if exposed several hours to cold weather.
Extremely cold weather can have severe effects on your pet. The short coat of a Beagle can be easily affected by this type of weather, causing it to dry out and crack. Even the cold can cause itching on the animal’s skin.
We have to bear in mind that cold weather affects not only the skin and coat of our Beagle but also its legs, nose, appetite and even its ability to control its body temperature.
Hypothermia as a Consequence of Cold Weather
One of the most common and serious problems that this breed of dog can suffer when exposed to extremely cold climates is hypothermia. It produces a drastic decrease in body temperature, in this case, of the Beagle. That is, the canine will lose heat faster than it can create it.
There are 3 types of hypothermia:
- Mild hypothermia.
- Moderate hypothermia.
- Severe hypothermia.
The first can be treated at home, but it is most recommended that you take your Beagle to the vet as soon as you begin to notice the following symptoms in your canine:
- Pale or gray gums.
- Dry Skin.
- Stiff muscles.
- Low heart and breathing rates.
- Lack of coordination.
In these situations, it is best to keep your Beagle indoors away from low temperatures. It is recommended that you buy coats and scarves for your canine as they are excellent garments to keep it warm during these climates.
Other Negative Consequences during Cold Weather
- The footpads of a Beagle can begin to dry out due to the air’s lack of moisture during cold weather, making it feel very uncomfortable. In addition, this situation can cause scars and cracks in their footpads. Also, if chemicals are used in your area to melt the ice, your Beagle’s pads could be damaged and burned.
- The nose can also crack due to excessive cold, and this aggravation can be further increased if your Beagle constantly licks its nose to alleviate that discomfort.
- If you allow your dog to run on ice (if there is any), it will slip and could fall or hit something. That could lead to serious injury to your Beagle’s body.
- Many people use antifreeze in certain places in the house to prevent ice from building up. Any curious dog without the supervision of its owner could approach and ingest that substance. It can be poisonous to the Beagle.
How to Protect Our Beagle during Cold Weather
The most recommended and the first thing you should do to prevent your Beagle from suffering from cold during the winter is to keep it indoors.
You could invest in insulation in your home in order to keep the interior warmer. In the same way, you could keep the heating system on, especially when you leave your canine alone at home.
As we’ve said before, Beagles love spending time outside. In those cases, you could place a kennel outside the home as long as it is isolated.
You should never leave your canine out of the house at night since the cold is much more dangerous at those times of the day. That could cause frostbite in your Beagle and even death.
Another recommended option to keep your Beagle warm is buying clothes for cold climates. Scarves, coats, and boots can greatly protect your dog from extreme cold.
If you allow your dog to wear winter clothes, you can take it for a walk. That is positive since your dog’s temperature will rise during the walk.
To protect your Beagle’s nose, you could use nasal balms. That will prevent cracks and other problems in the canine’s nose.
You can use the balm several times a day, especially before taking the dog outside.
One of the most important things to consider is the hydration of your pet. As we know, humidity is low during extremely cold climates, so, logically, your dog is more thirsty than normal.
Make sure your Beagle drinks plenty of water. Doing so will help your pet be healthier and more hydrated and prevent it from drinking water from outside, which is usually contaminated during these climates.
It should be noted that your Beagle’s appetite may change during cold climates, so it is advisable to go to its veterinarian. He or she will indicate the respective changes in its diet.