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Cedar Ridge Beagles
c/o Toni Perdew
crbeagles@gmail.com
(the best method to reach me is via e-mail)
Bedford, Iowa
Click here for additional contact information.

June/July Communications Alert:  Due to a health situation with one of my parents, I am having trouble checking email frequently. Please accept my apologies for poor communications at times while I'm helping my family!

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It's time!

When your puppy is 8 weeks old, it can leave our home and head to your home. Here are some things to help you prepare for and pick up the puppy.

The Big Day

For specific instructions to reach our home, e-mail or call us several days in advance.  Mapquest and Yahoo Maps have incorrect instructions from what we've heard, so don't use those other than to come toward Bedford from your location. After getting near Bedford, use our instructions.

If your puppy is flying to meet you, click here for more information about the trip and what you'll need.

Final Payment

Most people bring the final payment in cash at the time of pick up, which is best for us because cash doesn't require clearance time. 

If you plan to pay via credit card, check or money order, please send it at least 2 weeks prior to picking up your puppy to allow for clearance time.

We have found with even PayPal credit card payments that there can be a processing time, depending upon the actual card or account you use when paying. So, it's just best to take care of that about 2 weeks in advance.

Supplies to Buy/Have/Bring

  • A small collar and light leash for potty stops on the way home and leash training

  • Two short and heavy (flat-bottomed) tip-resistant bowls for food and water

  • Some chew toys are good to have!

  • If you have far to travel, a pet carrier is an excellent idea (and also helps for vet visits down the road). We might be able to get one for you if you give us advance warning. We can get them for $20-$30, depending upon the size you choose.

  • A crate for crate training or to keep the puppy in (when you are not home) until it is completely housetrained

  • A bag of puppy food. Click here to see what we like to feed.

  • One can of soft puppy food for emergency temptation only. PLEASE DO NOT FEED YOUR PUPPY CANNED PUPPY FOOD in unlimited amounts soon after receiving him/her. Puppies are healthiest when fed dry food. Do keep a couple cans of soft food on hand to use to tempt the puppy to eat if he/she is off feed. But give just a couple tablespoons at a time to prevent overeating. If the puppy eats soft food until he bloats, he could begin a cycle of vomiting/diarrhea that could lead to blood sugar problems and anemia, and which could be fatal.

  • Talk to your vet in advance about having some medication for coccidia on hand to use at home (Marquis, Albon or Corid, for example). Many puppies get diarrhea from the stress of leaving littermates and home, and it's sometimes caused by coccidia. We treat preventatively prior to their leaving us, but they can still have an outbreak a few days after arriving at their new homes. Or, they can pick it up any time in their lives, though it usually just affects puppies between 2 and 4 months of age.  More information about coccidia here.

  • Ask us about orange or berry Gatorade...a tablespoon added to water can disguise the chemical/mineral smell of differing water from your tap and our tap. We may begin adding a tablespoon of  Gatorade to our puppies' water a week before they leave us to help that transition.

  • Pepto Bismol: You can give puppies Pepto Bismol if needed. If your puppy has a little bit of loose stools for the first day, you can give Pepto to him/her to help settle the stomach. The change of leaving littermates can sometimes cause a little diarrhea. If the puppy is still eating and drinking, it's normally not something to be worried about. But if he/she stops drinking, dehydration can become a concern. I have given Pepto Bismol (or generic equivalent) to puppies as needed....1 to 1 1/2 cc's orally, which is probably 1/4th to 3/8ths of a teaspoon. A couple times that first day seems to help a lot.

  • Visit our Supplies page for a more complete list of ideas.

Travel Carriers and Crates

Beagles from us are usually between 15 and 30 lbs and around 11-13" tall when mature, so look for a carrier labeled for that size of dog if you want one for long-term use.

If you want to just transport a dog in a carrier to the vet for quick trips, a smaller carrier will work (but be careful about carrying it so the handle doesn't break). If you want to keep the dog in a crate/cage while you are away from home to crate train him, we recommend a much bigger, coated metal cage with a door.  Pet supply stores sell large crates such as these for $40 to $100.

Visit our Supplies page for more information.

Feeding Your Puppy

Puppies need to be on a good quality food formulated JUST for puppies for at least four months. This used to be recommended for a full year, but research has begun to show that we are feeding our puppies "too well" and they are growing too fast. Growing too fast can contribute to joint problems later in life. Please talk to your veterinarian to learn what he/she recommends. I had always heard that we should feed a puppy formulation for 7-12 months until I went to a small animal specialist in 2017 and learned about the recent research and got his recommendation. I was surprised!

From just prior to weaning until our puppies leave us, they experience a variety of foods and supplements including puppy milk replacer formula, fresh goat milk from our farm, canned puppy food (small amounts only), probiotics, Nutrisource Small/Medium Breed Puppy, and Diamond Naturals Small Breed Puppy. Initially, we are more concerned with getting them to eat solid food than worrying about "which food" they start eating.

Don't Worry! :-)  The most important components of our feeding program are those that your puppy is eating right before he/she leaves us, because you should try (as best as you can) to mimic that diet for a week or so before changing the puppy's diet. At that time, we typically are just feeding our puppies a mixture of two dry puppy foods or (more often) just our most-favorite dry puppy food, pictured below.

What Our Puppies Are Accustomed To Eating

Our puppies are currently eating
Diamond Naturals (Chicken and Rice) Small Breed Puppy Food
(5 stars out of 5 stars, rated by Dog Food Advisor)
See http://www.diamondpet.com/dealer_locator/ for online and physical addresses.
Most
Menards stores carry it, as well as many farm-oriented stores, such as Tractor Supply, Orscheln Farm and Home, local farmer's elevators/co-ops, etc.
Many people also order from various sources online.

(It is typically NOT found at Petsmart/Petco)

If you are soon to receive a puppy, we recommend that you try to find
 a small bag of this food your puppy is currently eating
to use for a week.
We will send a little bit with you to get you started, too.
After a few days, you can begin mixing it with the food
 you plan to feed throughout your puppy's first year until the small bag is gone.

 

We also recommend NuVet antioxidant supplements above any other "vitamin" on the market!
Scroll down or click the bottle (left) for information about high-quality
vitamin/antioxidant supplements.
NuVet supplements usually must be ordered online (see information at the link), but some veterinarians carry them as well. If you would like to give NuVet vitamins, we recommend ordering them. It is easier and faster than driving to the vet, who may or may not carry them.

These supplements are cold-pressed, not cooked. Therefore, the antioxidants/prebiotics/probiotics/minerals are not damaged by heat.

How Much Food and How Often?

  • We keep Diamond Naturals Small Breed Puppy Food (unless an exception above exists) with the puppies almost all the time until they are 8 or 9 weeks old. We need to offer food most of each day to ensure that all puppies in the litter get enough food, rather than having one slower-eating puppy not have enough. This also helps prevent any puppies from feeling that they need to rapidly eat as much food as they can, out of fear that they will be hungry when there isn't any food available if the other puppies eat it all.

  • At 8 to 10 weeks, beagle puppies should be offered 3 meals per day, depending upon their weight/size. Feeding "meals" after a puppy leaves littermates will help you with potty training. For a good eater, 2 meals per day may be sufficient. But 3 meals per day is even better for 8 to 10 week old puppies under 6 lbs, in our opinion.

  • Check the feeding suggestions for the brand of puppy food you choose. The daily recommended amount will be listed by either puppy weight and age, or else by the puppy's weight at maturity. 
    ~"Most" of our puppies are eating between 2/3rds cup and 1 cup per day when they leave us around 8 weeks of age.
    ~Our beagle puppies "typically" weigh between 4.5 and 5.5 lbs at 8 weeks. Puppies this size are usually eating about 3/4ths of a cup per day, sometimes more.
    ~The small beagles might weigh 3.5 to 4 lbs at 8 weeks, and they may be eating only a half or two-thirds of a cup per day. 
    ~Look at your puppy's mother/father (link is on the web page that your puppy's pictures are shown on) for their weights to estimate your puppy's mature weight.
    ~I have found that the recommendations on the bags are often too much for beagles, and the beagles get fat when fed that amount. For growing puppies, it's best to evaluate the puppy's condition every 3 or 4 days halfway between feedings or at the same time each evaluation day. If he looks like he is losing weight, up the feed a bit. If he is staying the same and looks good, keep the volume the same.
    ~I don't like to see puppies' ribs, but it's ok to see a bit of hourglass shape when viewed from above. On adult beagles, there should be a definite waist/hourglass shape. Puppies tend to be more round, though. For the first several months, puppies typically do have a bit of chub, but we don't want them to be obese because that is hard on their joints.
    ~It is hard to feel confident about food volume, so I recommend asking the vet to tell you if your puppy is too fat or too thin those first couple months after coming home, each time you visit the veterinarian. After puppies are 5 or 6 months old, they have more of an adult dog conformation, and you can easier see just by looking for that waistline.

Examples of Dog Food Brands, and Comparison

A high-quality puppy food is essential for the first few months. 

Lamb and Rice or chicken and rice foods (no corn in the ingredients) are often recommended for breeds of dogs with large ears that lay down, like beagles.  Blue Buffalo offers several good puppy foods. We also like the quality of NutriSource puppy food, and often supplement our puppies with that when nearby stores run out of Diamond Naturals. 
However, millions of puppies have been raised on non-specialty store-bought food, and you sure can choose that route as well as long as it's specifically formulated for puppies. After the first year (some people claim after 7 or 8 months), your puppy can receive a regular adult formulation.

How do you know if a food is good? Look at the ingredients...if "corn" or "corn meal" (or similar) is in the first few ingredients, it isn't viewed to be as good as if those ingredients were lower on the list. Better yet, avoid a corn-based feed entirely and look instead for rice. Or, consider a diet of food totally without corn, rice, wheat, etc. This can be accomplished via prepared foods such as Natures Variety, or by careful research on your part and feeding a diet of raw meats.

Foods I Like
Good Ingredient List

Common Foods I Like Less (below)
But are still formulated for puppies and will probably be fine.

(see the prominent location of "corn" in ingredients):

 


Click the image above for a comparison of several popular puppy foods' first 10 ingredients and their PRICE (around 2013).

Check out http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ for reviews of puppy foods. I don't know if this site is truly independent or if it's sponsored by dog food manufacturers yet. If it's independent, it's kind of a neat site!

Vitamins and/or Antioxidant Supplements

Puppy foods are supposed to be complete, but they are cooked. Cooking the kibble damages some of the ingredients, causing likely nutritional gaps in puppy foods. If you are going to give a vitamin to bridge those gaps, why not give the best one you can?

An excellent vitamin we definitely support is made by NuVet Labs. This product can help puppies develop stronger immune systems, which can help your puppy be healthier AND can even assist the vaccinations your puppy receives in providing the highest-possible protection. These supplements are the best I've seen, as they are cold pressed (not cooked) which means the ingredients aren't damaged by heat. They are BOTH vitamins, and antioxidant supplements, in one tasty treat.

http://www.nuvetlabs.com/
1-800-474-7044
You may have to use my order code if you order via phone: 23915
Or, order by clicking the bottle image, below:

NuVet Plus: Natural, Powerful Immune System Support

  • Veterinarian Recommended and Scientifically Formulated to Provide Everything Your Pet Needs for Optimal Health!

  • NuVet Labs Goal is to Help Increase Your Pet's Longevity and Quality of Life. Many breeders will only honor their health guarantee if the puppy's families can prove that their puppy is getting NuVet vitamins daily through receipts for purchase. I do not require that. But, that's a testament to how strongly breeders feel about the quality of these vitamins.

  • When a puppy is moved away from its mother and siblings to live with its new family, the immune system is weakened by the stress of adoption and exposure to bacteria and viruses in its new home. These are pathogens for which the puppys body has not yet developed antibodies, and it is widely recognized that the immune system is less effective in times of stress. So starting NuVet Plus now can be important to helping your puppy grow into a healthy adult.

  • NuVet Plus for Canines provides the very best human-grade, natural ingredients available, and utilizes the latest advances in medical, veterinary, and nutritional science.

  • NuVet products help put pets on the path to perfect health and support their development through every stage in life.

  • NuVet Plus is not available in stores or directly to the general public. You can only purchase NuVet Plus when you get a recommendation only from a pet professional, which is why I think you might need my order code, 23915, if you want to order.

  • Thousands of the nations top veterinarians and other pet industry professionals use NuVet Plus for their own pets and recommend it to their clients pets!

  • NuVet Plus is Natural No Artificial Sweeteners or Fillers

  • Video about NuVet Plus and more information (opens in a new window), if I can get the player to work. ;-)

What If Our Puppy Doesn't Eat Or Drink Well At First?

Normally, there is very little problem with eating habits in the new home environment. But just like when we humans are away from home, puppies will sometimes be too caught up in their new place and the excitement to eat and drink on their normal schedule.

If possible, offer a couple teaspoons of plain or vanilla yogurt with active cultures (most brands have active cultures, including the Wal-Mart store brand) once or twice daily. This not only is a treat that might get your puppy to eat, but the cultures are also good for digestion during this time of stress.

*This seems to work well:  Buy a can of dog or puppy food (any brand) and mix no more than "a couple tablespoons" with his/her dry kibble, stirring it up so the canned food coats almost all of the dry kibbles (don't put too much on, or the puppy might get diarrhea). Or, do the same with a couple tablespoons of cottage cheese.

You can also buy puppy or all-species milk replacer powder from a vet or pet supply store, and sprinkle that on the puppy's dry kibble (then stir to coat the food) to make it more appealing. See image below (don't put too much on, or the puppy might get diarrhea):

One food caution is to not give canned puppy food unless "needed" to entice him to eat...and then only in controlled amounts. Canned puppy food is not very nutritious, and also puppies will overeat if allowed to. This can lead to bloated stomachs, gas, vomiting, and diarrhea, and can require a trip to the emergency room. It is a good idea to have canned puppy food on hand, but if you use it, we recommend mixing no more than 2 tablespoons of it with about 1/4-1/2 cup of dry food so the canned food coats the kibbles. This would only be necessary if he was not eating very well due to his new environment. Sometimes they do that for a day or two.

We've also had people put canned or fresh cooked (cooled) chicken broth over the dry kibbles, and even using a little broth or tuna juice in water if needed to get the puppies to drink.

Again, because this is very important! PLEASE DO NOT FEED YOUR PUPPY CANNED PUPPY FOOD in unlimited amounts soon after receiving him/her. Drastic changes in their diets can cause severe digestive upset. Do keep a couple cans of soft food on hand to use to tempt the puppy to eat if he/she is off feed. But give just a couple tablespoons at a time to prevent overeating and bloating. If the puppy eats soft food until he bloats, he could begin a cycle of vomiting/diarrhea that could lead to blood sugar problems and anemia which could be fatal.

 

Registration Papers

We will mail your puppy's registration application to you about 2 weeks after you pick up your puppy. This is because we want you to wait to register your puppy until after you have had your vet check him/her, and also to make sure you can keep your puppy.

Recommended Vaccination Schedule

We give the puppies their first vaccination at about 6-7 weeks of age, around the time of weaning. You'll need to continue with a vaccination schedule recommended by your veterinarian for your area. The Humane Society has some recommendations:

From The Humane Society

  • Distemper - an airborne viral disease of the lungs, intestines and brain.
  • Hepatitis - a viral disease of the liver.
  • Leptospirosis - a bacterial disease of the urinary system.
  • Parainfluenza - infectious bronchitis.
  • Parvovirus - a viral disease of the intestines.
  • Rabies - a viral disease fatal to humans and other animals.
  • Corona - a viral disease of the intestines.
  • Bordetella - a bacterial infection (kennel cough)

Puppies - 6 weeks to 1 year

  • 6 to 8 weeks - First puppy shot (DHLPP) + Corona
  • 11 to 12 weeks - Second puppy shot (DHLPP) + Corona
  • 15 to 16 weeks - Third puppy shot (DHLPP) + Corona
  • Over 4 months - Rabies (repeat l year later)
  • 7 to 9 months - First heartworm test

Adult Dogs - After 1 year

  • DHLPP - Yearly
  • Heartworm test - Yearly
  • Rabies - Every 3 years (after second Rabies shot)
  • Bordetella - Yearly

Note: Some states have their own laws regarding the frequency & requirement of certain vaccinations. When in doubt, always ask your veterinarian or local humane society.

I've made a 2-page (front and back of one sheet of paper) health record form for puppies we sell that is great to use to keep track of your dog's health its whole life. Feel free to download it here. It is in MS Word format.

Deworming Schedule

Veterinary recommendations vary for deworming puppies, but all resources we've encountered recommend deworming at LEAST by 6 weeks of age and again at 3 months of age. 

A schedule beginning at 2 weeks with deworming every 2 weeks through the 8th week is recommended by some vets, while others recommend deworming for the first time at 6 weeks. We deworm our puppies at least twice prior to weaning (at least at 4 and 6 weeks), and hope you'll continue with at least monthly deworming unless your veterinarian recommends otherwise.

Training/Growth Stages for Puppies

This is a neat and short article about the stages of puppy growth.  Knowing what to expect for that first year can help you both train and cope with your puppy's changes in personality and abilities.

Click Here to read the article.

More here...

FAQ's About Our Puppies

We are assembling some commonly-asked questions and answers about getting a new puppy, and have created a FAQ page that might help.

 

 

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Cedar Ridge Beagles
c/o Toni Perdew
crbeagles@gmail.com
(the best method to reach me is via e-mail)
Bedford, Iowa
Click here for additional contact information.

June/July Communications Alert:  Due to a health situation with one of my parents, I am having trouble checking email frequently. Please accept my apologies for poor communications at times while I'm helping my family!

Our premises are monitored via video surveillance for your puppy's safety!

 

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