When a Beagle is taken for walks, his paws may receive a gradual chemical burn due to these substances.
In addition, many towns sand the roads which are another element that can be tracked onto the route that you walk your Beagle. These tiny pebbles - over time - can aggravate the pads.
What to do -
It's best to be proactive before any issues start and a good way to do that is to protect the paws with canine paw wax. It adds a layer of protection from ice, salt and other outdoor elements while maintaining good traction. It is commonly used for hunting and mushing; though applying some to a pet Beagle before heading outside in the winter can keep the paws healthy during the cold spells.
Best are products that are 100% waxed based creams that contain vitamin E. You'll want to apply it to not only the pads but also between a Beagle's toes. Quality products dry almost instantly, making them easy to use. Quality balms will be semi- permeable and therefore will only need to be applied about once per week.
What happens -
The drying effects of both wind and cold will chap a Beagle's nose; especially if the puppy or dog tends to lick his nose…and most do. Slight nose chapping will cause slight tingling or itchiness that increases when outside. In response, the Beagle will lick which only causes the nose to chap even more.
This not only causing chapping in the winter, but if it is left untreated it can lead to quite severe cracking and then be vulnerable to infection. See also:
Beagle Dry, Peeling Nose
What to do -
You'll want to use a canine nose balm to protect the nose leather as part of the winter care for your Beagle. These products are sometimes referred to as snout butters or creams. These will prevent problems as well as treat existing issues with cracking. It is recommended to use an organic balm that is fragrance free.
You'll want to dab this over the nose before heading outside and for any issues with cracking, applying some 2 to 3 times a day will help to heal a dry, winter nose.
The Skin & Coat
What happens -
Winter can be rough on a Beagle's coat and part of a good plan for winter care is to be proactive in keeping the coat healthy during cold weather. Just as with the above problems, this mostly comes down to dry air. When skin loses moisture, it will have an effect on the dog's coat as well.
Dry skin will result in itchiness that can lead to thinning coat issues. In addition, static in the wintertime can cause some breakage that leads to fur loss. If you notice that your Beagle scratches more in the winter or his coat looks dull and dry, you can blame Old Man Winter.
What to do -
Many owners tend to limit baths in the winter, since too many baths can lead to dry skin. However, this can lead to even more problems because decreasing baths means that you will not be able to apply the proper products to the body. For this reason, in the winter it is suggested to stay on schedule in regard to baths and if you do notice problems, increase baths.
You'll want to use a rich, thick, moisturizing shampoo or treatment that will infuse the skin and fur with moisture. Be sure to follow this with both a rinse-out conditioner and a leave-in conditioner. When you use the leave-in product, you will be protecting the hair shafts from the cold, the static and the arid air. This is best applied with a mist to the roots while brushing to distribute it over the coat. Don't forget the tail and legs of your Beagle; two areas that are often not given much attention but do need winter care protection.
For recommended quality paw wax, effective nose balm for Beagles and high quality grooming products, look to 'Grooming' in the Beagle Specialty Shoppe
Wintertime Changes in Appetite
It's quite normal for a Beagle to eat more in the winter. In fact studies show that the appetite of dogs fluctuates throughout year. They eat the least from June to August and the most from November to February.