7) Medical Issues
– The above reasons for bad breath with a Beagle are the most likely causes. That said, there are some health issues
that have halitosis as one of the symptoms, though these do have other clear signs as well. Here are the most common:
– If a dog has breath that smells very sweet, often compared to smelling like fruit
or specifically a pear, this is one sign of diabetes. In addition, since this disease can cause issues with blood flow to the gums, this alone can lead to increased risk of periodontal disease. It must be noted that diabetes is not just an issue with senior dogs; dogs of any age can be affected by this and the rates of occurrence have grown substantial in the last few decades; 1 out of every 160 canines will develop this. Other signs aside from odd smelling breath include: changes in appetite, excessive thirst, changes in weight, increased urination, weakness, reoccurring UTI’s, lethargy, skin issues, vision problems and/or intestinal upset.
– Any time that there is some sort of issue with the lungs, this can cause bad breath. Issue such as asthma, colds, bacterial or viral lung infections can cause a foul smell to come out with each breath. Be aware of such signs as the Beagle being out of breath after exercise, any wheezing and/or coughing.
– When a dog has breath that smells like urine, this points to possible issues with the kidneys; either stones or infection. In some cases, the odor will be so strong, it can be compared with ammonia. Along with the urine smell on the breath, other signs may include trouble urinating, blood in the urine and/or cloudy urine.