are not our whole life, but they help make our lives whole."
New Owner Links
Hello, new puppy people! :-) Before I forget, I
want to point out a section on our Site Map page that is for our
puppies' new owners. It has links that might be of interest in
these last days/weeks before your puppy comes home. The Site Map
page is at
http://www.crbeagles.com/misc/contents.htm , and the new owner
section is toward the bottom. Some of the more important links
(such as feeding, health care, etc.) are here:
If you are picking your puppy up in person, we
will send directions to reach us to your e-mail address . Let us
know what day and an approximate time works best for you so we
can try to adjust and be home and ready for you.
I'll have your puppy's health care history for you when your
puppy leaves us, and will e-mail a copy of it to you if needed.
This health history should go to your veterinarian at your first
check up (hopefully within 3 days of your getting your puppy).
And last but not least, a health reminder. Your puppy
will need 2 to 3 more vaccinations in the 2 months after you
pick him/her up to complete the puppy series. Until he/she has
had those vaccinations, he/she doesn't have full immunity
against the potentially-deadly disease, Parvo, as well as some
other illnesses. So until your puppy has received all those
vaccinations, we ask that you donot let your puppy
touch the floor/ground at public places such as:
a dog park
a veterinary office...this is where
sick dogs go, so don't let your puppy touch the floor here!
a roadside park or rest area
a groomer's office
the training class facility, if you take
classes...these simple should be postponed until the
vaccination series is completed
any public location where other dogs are
likely to have pottied
If you have any questions, just drop me an
e-mail or call! :-)
Generally, about 2 or so weeks after you get your puppy, I'll have
the registration paperwork and will be sending that shortly to
you. I often have it before you get your puppy, but sometimes hold
it to make sure your puppy adjusts and that you don't find you
have to return your puppy (such as due to a family member being
severely allergic to dogs). Be thinking of what you want to name your puppy, and if you
will go ahead and register that name. As I check records, I can
see that most people don't follow through on the registration of
the puppy name, and just keep the puppy's registration application
as record of his/her birth and parentage. We pay to register the
litter, and then you can decide if you'll proceed further with
your individual puppy. You can
do it if you want (and we do encourage it), but it isn't required unless you want to show
VACCINATIONS and DEWORMING
A gentle reminder that puppies need a series of vaccinations and
dewormings that generally last until they are about 4 months old.
After that, they will require one booster vaccination annually,
and deworming as recommended by the vet. At the completion of this
series, your puppy will also get his/her first rabies vaccination.
Ask your vet for enough dewormer to continue deworming your dog
orally for the remainder of the year. You can buy deworming
medicine also at discount stores (such as Wal-Mart), but I am not
as confident in their coverage as the liquid oral dewormer your
vet will give you. You can save yourself a TON of money by
deworming on your own, rather than going to the vet. I know of
someone whose vet charged $28.50 for 50 cents worth of dewormer,
plus charged for the office visit. That was a $50 bill that could
have been 50 CENTS. Ouch!
You can prevent heartworms only
if you treat preventively on a monthly basis during the times of year your area
SPAYING AND NEUTERING
Veterinarians seem to now prefer to spay/neuter puppies before 6 months of
age, and some even do so shortly after 8 weeks. Talk to your vet
now to see when he/she wants to do that. I don't know what your
spaying/neutering will cost, but I've heard it can be hundreds of
dollars, depending on the area in which you live. Our vet charges
about $60 to neuter, and $80 to spay an average-sized beagle
between 5 and 7 months of age. But I know of a vet near
Lincoln, Nebraska that charges over $200, so it may be higher than
that even in really urban areas. It is generally less costly to
spay/neuter early, as most vets have a sliding scale by weight of
I also want to encourage you to feel free to contact me any time
you have a question about your puppy/dog's health. I am constantly
amazed at how much veterinary bills are in the urban areas
compared to our rural location, and also at the extent that many
vets go to for treating simple situations. I've seen vets do every
test in the book on puppies that simply overate a new food offered
by their new owners and as a result, threw up. Hundreds of dollars
in vet bills, preventable by not offering the puppy unlimited
access to a new food (and worse yet, canned instead of dry).
Please, any time you have a health concern and don't feel it is an
emergency, contact me. If it's an emergency, I'd rather you rush
to the vet. But if it's just "a concern," feel free to contact me
first. I don't know all the answers, and am not a vet. But
sometimes, 1/2 cc of Pepto Bismol can prevent a $200 vet bill.
Or, $10 cents worth of Ivermectin could take the place of a 6-week
treatment of expensive dips at the vet (and the side effects those cause)
for demodectic mange. There are options city vets won't tell you
that my vet will share with me.
I hope you didn't fall asleep reading this book! :-)
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