ALADAR'S PUPPY MANUAL (Page 2)
WORMS: I recommend a stool sample to be checked at least once a year. The heartworm preventative Interceptor kills most of the major worms-so if you use it routinely the fecals should be negative. Tape worms are not killed by a heartworm preventative, they come from fleas. Tape worms must be seen in fresh stool and look like white "rice" looking segments. Good flea control as discussed above will help prevent a tape worm infestation. If you do see tape worms, medication for treatment must be obtained from you veterinarian.
COLLAR: Leaving a collar and tag on your Beagle is your option. If your puppy is in a single dog household, I do recommend that a collar be left on in case your Beagle was to get out in a strange and frightening environment. If you have more than one dog, please consider that if you do leave a permanent collar on them that there is a chance that in play the mouth of one dog could become entangled in the collar of the other dog. I have had two Vizslas tangle this way. It was VERY difficult to cut a collar off a choking dog while the other dog screamed and twisted to get that horrible thing off his jaw. Luckily, I was home and I saved my dogs; but what if I had not been home!!. I strongly recommend some form of permanent identification. I tattoo my dogs on the inner thigh and I also would consider microchipping -preferably both methods should be done. Beagles are one of the most sought after and used dogs for research. Many pets have mysteriously disappeared from secured back yards. Individuals tht collect dogs for research, like pets who are healthy and the newspapers tell of disappearing dog sprees in neighborhood after neighborhood. NEVER LEAVE A CHOKE COLLAR ON A DOG UNATTENDED. The choke collar can hang on may things and a dog's first reaction is to fight it and they will choke themselves death.
CRATE TRAINING: I firmly believe in crate training and all my dogs are crate trained. Crate training takes time and patience, the linked article covers this subject. Your dog will be approximately 13-15 inches at the should as an adult so purchase one in which he can stand upright easily. I recommend the plastic type crates over the wire type.
EARS: Gently swab your Beagle's ears weekly with a good cleansing solution such as Oti-Clens. Because Beagles ears hang down, they are prone to infection due to moisture. Dry the ears thoroughly after cleaning or bathing. Constant stratching at the ears may indicate a problem brewing. A thick waxy dark brown build up may indicate ear mites. Ear mites can come from other animals such as squirrels or cats. Your vet would be the appropriate person to diagnose this problem and would prescribe medication to kill the mites.
TEETH: I clean teeth once a month. Again, my Beagles are adjusted to me doing this from when they are puppies. This cleaning is not as in depth as what the vet does, but the dogs do not have to be sedated. When you bathe your Beagle look at the teeth. A yellow tartar build up at the gum line is what you scrape away. You can purchase a tooth scraper or if you wish a doggy toothbrush. If you prefer to use a toothbrush, you must brush you Beagle's teeth several times each week, if not once daily and purchase a special flavored (for dogs only).