What could be more adorable than that sad-eyed little face with the long floppy ears? Why, nothing: that’s your Beagle puppy! However, it is good for your Beagle’s health if you ask yourself regularly, what might be hiding under those beautiful ears?
Beagles are not normally prone to have very many illnesses or genetic disorders, so as long as they are vaccinated, and insect pests such as ticks, fleas and mosquitos are kept away from them. The most common problem that Beagles can develop is ear infections.
Beagles get ear infections for a number of reasons. The ear infection is actually the medical condition that develops after the ears have been aggravated by some outside element. What are the things that can lead to an ear infection in Beagles?
The Beagle’s ears are large and promote a close warm and damp environment in the ears. This is the ideal breeding ground for pests like fleas and mites, as well as bacteria and yeast.
When your Beagle has an ear infection, believe it, you are going to know that something is wrong! Check your dog’s ears weekly and watch closely for indications that a problem is imminent. Here are some symptoms to watch for.
Beagles are almost human when something is irritating their ears. They exhibit obvious symptoms, in both a physical and a verbal way.
Once you are sure that your Beagle has an ear infection, it is best to have him seen by the veterinarian. He can prescribe appropriate treatment to clear up the problem. Especially if you suspect mites, see the vet immediately.
If you are seeing wax build-up there are many effective over the counter ear cleaning solutions that are very good. You simply put a few drops in the ear and massage it. This will encourage the ear to naturally discharge the wax and dirt. Then you can simply wipe it away with a soft cloth.
Never stick a Q-tip or anything else down in the dog’s ear. You can pack the wax into the ear canal where it will not come out without professional treatment. It could cause hearing damage as well.
Keep your Beagle clean, particularly his ears. Make sure that he does not have fleas and ticks. The best prevention is definitely clean ears and a pest free environment. Bathe you Beagle weekly and treat for fleas if you need to. Use an ear cleaner once a week. Check the ears daily in order to detect problems that if uncorrected could cause a more serious condition to develop.
There are many all-natural home remedies that are made with ingredients that have natural curative properties that may be effective. They can also be dangerous if you are not familiar enough with them.
Always remember the old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is as true for dogs, as it is for humans.