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Old 09-09-2012, 01:23 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have a finicky eaeter...I've tried several dog foods and my Beag will turn up her nose and walk away until I started adding some foods like cooked chicken, ground beef, white rice,veggies, egg, cottage cheese, yogurt (60% Blue Buffalo, 40% people food). I change things up so not every meal is the same. Its certainly more work than putting down a bowl of dry dog food. I'm sure she would have eventually eaten just the dry dog food if that was all that was ever available. Before there were all these dog foods there was people food.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:10 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Commercial food is not the best for your beagle, anyway. However, "people" food has way too much salt and sugar and additives and fat for a beagle.

I think your beagle is letting you know that commercial food is not what is best for her.

If you cook just for your beagle, you are actually doing the best thing ever: providing fresh natural food. Stay away from milk and dairy, though.

A rule of thumb for beagle food:

40% good meat
(This means that the quality is good. You can always buy in bulk, use some of the meat for your family and reserve some for your dog).

30% vegetables (and fruits)
(Stick to fibrous but non gassy veggies, fruits like apples and whole grains. carrots are always good).

30% starches
(Rice and pasta will do the trick)


I actually buy fresh and I cook once a month and freeze and then I have food ready for my beagles.


I hope it helps

PS
You might find this article interesting:


Beagle Food To Avoid Health Risks



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Old 11-08-2012, 05:57 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I am surprised at the amount of people endorsing people food for beagles. I guess it depends on the dog, but our family beagle wouldn't leave our garbage alone, my brother was a pig and he also ate scraps off his floor, he ate cat poop and he was just out of control with the appetite. I remember my mom always moving the garbage and cat litter box, but of course my brothers' young friends didn't care.

I don't quite remember what age he died at, but he didn't have a very long and healthy life. It was very sad for my mom and I felt very bad for him too. He was always overweight, and I think he died of some type of organ failure. I don't even feed my current beagle any table scraps whatsoever and let everyone know not to, and she's STILL overweight and I struggle with her. Let my story be a warning. I would never want it to happen to you. I wouldn't recommend table scraps for beagles. They may be ok when they are young but once they are older, less active and still in the habit of begging, you might be in trouble.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:08 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm a firm believer in "no people food" (with the exception of boiled rice/burger for a sick dog). It's a constant battle to keep the dogs at a healthy weight as it is lol!
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:19 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I have no issue at all with keeping either of my dogs a 2 year old beagle or my 9 year old rough collie. Thats because I actually work with my dogs, moniter their weigh and diet them if needed. both get tons of excersise every day. this morning we did a 2 hour, 7 km wooded hike, offleash. they get this daily. and its such a neutiful day out today, we will be off again for another (leashed walk this time) walk.

Yup I feed them foods I eat, chicken, pizza, rice, crackers, ect ect ect. they are fine and very healthy and very active, my 9 year old will run circles around most dogs still. I keep both at about 2lbs under weight as it is. So we always have leeway in weight.
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