As your puggle puppy grows, so should your knowledge about preventative health care measures. When it comes down to it, dogs are not really that hard to take care of. That doesn’t mean that you should slack off and avoid monitoring their needs though. Your puggle will provide you with joy for years to come, as long as you hold up your end of the bargain and keep your puppy healthy and fit. Remember, your puppy is sort of like a human baby; they can’t take care of their needs all by themselves.
Take your puggle for a walk once a day if possible. I remember hearing The Dog Whisperer (Cesar Milan) say that you should walk your dog for 45 minutes each and every day. Now I know that is not always feasible, nor does it have to be. Puggles are small breed dogs and as such they don’t require quite as much exercise as the larger breed dogs, especially if your puggle resembles a pug more than a beagle. I live in North Carolina (hot summers) and our vet recommended that we don’t try to over do it with our puggles because of their compact snouts. He said they can over heat and may have trouble breathing if overworked.
Don’t overfeed your puggle. People are commonly so lazy that they don’t even monitor their dog’s food intake. Overfeeding your puggle can lead to health issues including heart disease. Most adult puggles should not need much more than a cup of dog food per day. Of course this will depend on the size of your dog and the type of food that you purchase, but it is usually pretty safe to follow the feeding recommendations on the back of the bag of food. If your puppy starts to get too thin or pudgy, increase/decrease their daily food allowance accordingly. And get your puggle some quality dog food. Not only will it improve their skin and coat, but you wouldn’t want to eat that crappy budget food, would you?
Take your puggle to the vet for regular check-ups. This is probably the single most important preventative health measure. Make sure your puppy gets all required shots and dewormers. You’ll also want to give your puggle some type of heartworm and flea treatments, especially if they play outside a lot. If you’re not comfortable doing so, your vet will also clean your dog’s ears and trim their nails. This will eliminate unpleasant odors and save a few of the items around your house from damage.
Last, but not least, keep your puggle’s living area clean. If your dog has an accident, clean it up. Don’t let your cute little puggle roll around in its own waste. You’ll be doing everyone a favor.