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Cedar Ridge Beagles
c/o Toni Perdew
(the best method to reach me is via e-mail)
Bedford, Iowa
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Our premises are monitored via video surveillance for your puppy's safety!

Our Health Program

We follow a strict health program for our dogs that includes frequent dewoming, vaccination schedules, and a prevention program for coccidiosis and giardhia.

Our puppies are first dewormed at about 2 weeks of age, and are re-treated every two weeks. By the time they leave us, they will usually have been dewormed three to four times, and have been exposed to at least two different types of dewormers (typically Strongid and Safe-Guard) to ensure broad-spectrum control of normal puppy parasites.

Our puppies will also have been given preventative care for coccidiosis, which is a very common intestinal infection in puppies in the United States. Coccidiosis causes diarrhea, and often occurs after a period of stress (weaning, leaving littermates for a new home, etc.) .

Another common protozoa affecting puppies is giardhia. We preventively treat puppies for this as well.

Around 6 weeks of age, our puppies are given their first puppy vaccination. We have given vaccinations such as the Duramune Max CVK 5 or Galaxy DA2PPv, though others with the same coverage are also available. This is the first in a series of vaccinations that should be continued after you pick up your puppy (see a more detailed sample schedule here, or a summary below). Contact your veterinarian for his/her vaccination timeline recommendations.

We give vaccinations here at home, having received instruction through our veterinarians and years of experience with with cattle and horse health care. If you would like your puppy to receive his/her vaccination from a veterinarian, we will be happy to take him/her to the veterinarian at your expense (probably $20 per puppy per vaccination).

WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR DOG TO THE VETERINARIAN, DON'T LET HIM/HER TOUCH THE FLOOR: When we go to the vet, I carry my dog and never let him/her touch the floor. Straight from my arms or the carrier right to the exam table, back to my arms, and out the door. "Out the door, never on the floor" is a good motto for places frequented by dogs, and especially dogs that might have been there due to being ill. :-)

Canine Vaccinations

  • Distemper - an airborne viral disease of the lungs, intestines and brain.
  • Hepatitis - a viral disease of the liver, also known as adenovirus.
  • 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. Many veterinarians no longer recommend Corona vaccination for puppies.
  • Bordetella - a bacterial infection (kennel cough)

Puppies - 6 weeks to 1 year

  • 6 to 8 weeks - First puppy shot (DHLPP), + Corona (optional). Some do not recommend Lepto for puppies this young.
  • 11 to 12 weeks - Second puppy shot (DHLPP), + Corona (optional)
  • 15 to 16 weeks - Third puppy shot (DHLPP), + Corona (optional)
  • Over 4 months - Rabies (repeat l year later)
  • 7 to 9 months - First heartworm test. Monthly heartworm prevention.

Adult Dogs - After 1 year

  • Monthly heartworm prevention.
  • 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.

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.  THAT IS A VERY POOR EXCUSE FOR A DEWORMING SCHEDULE, but many people follow it.

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 about three to four times prior to weaning (generally at 2, 4 and 6 weeks, and again right before the puppy leaves us), and hope you'll continue with at least monthly deworming to 4 months of age unless your veterinarian recommends otherwise.

Training/Growth Stages for Puppies

Check out our Puppy Development page for more info. Also, 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.





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

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