I am not a veterinary.
I have some experience with Beagles, and I am happy to pass that on.
You should always get advice from a fully qualified person.
what to do when you get your puppy home
You need to have a basket, box, crate,
somewhere for your puppy to sleep and feel safe.
You need food and water bowls,
we like the metal ones which are durable and easy to keep clean.
You need to have a collar and lead. we like the harness type,
the ones which do not go round the throat (available at reasonable cost from SM).
You should have some play things for the puppy.
Other than the obvious balls, and rubber chews,
we have found that the smaller, plastic drinks bottles keep them amused.
Most of all, you need to have given some thought,
as to how you are going to live with your dog,
is it going to be an 'inside' dog, which shares your home,
or an 'outside' dog, which stays outside of the house.
Beagles do like company, to be part of the pack,
and will be devoted to you, the pack leader.
You need to decide on how you are going to toilet train the dog,
they will not normally soil where they sleep or eat,
and I have found the 'crate' method,
which is based on this, to be very effective.
A little research will soon show you if it is something you think you can handle.
food - Do!
The easiest thing to do is to give
your dog exactly the same food every day.
Any other approach will be harder work.
I choose to make it harder work for myself by
giving my dogs a varied diet.
Please look at the list of what Tutu was fed whilst pregnant.
My dogs have always been fed most of those things.
One thing which is not featured is raw offal,
tripe, liver, gizzards etc. which are usually mixed with pellets.
They love a whole raw chicken chopped in two.
Probably because of the strong smell, tinned tuna is a favourite.
Beagles do like their food and you will need to be careful not to overfeed them.
food - do not!
These things will harm, possibly kill your dog –
Onions, garlic, chocolate, coffee, yeast, avocado,
grapes, raisins, sultanas, currants, nuts, fruit, corncobs, mushrooms,
fish too often, cooked bones, small pieces of raw bone, fatty trimmings,
sweet items or sugar substitutes are probably best avoided.
This is the list as far as I know it - there may be more.
fleas & TICKS
There are only two ways to prevent fleas
1) Do not let your dogs near other dogs
2) Do not let your dogs go near longer grass
I am not a big fan of too many chemicals.
My dogs do get fleas now and then.
We try for prevention through inspection,
brushing with a anti-flea comb, bathing with anti-flea soap,
flea collars, bathing with Apple Cider Vinegar,
putting Apple Cider Vinegar in their water,
all these might be effective approaches,
but sometimes we have to resort to chemical treatments.
This is a start - more to follow