3- Anal Glands.
We spoke above about anal glands and how a chemical odor is always being gradually released. However, some dogs will have issues with these glands. If there is a buildup of fluid, they may suddenly break open.
A dark oil will be released that can be mistaken for blood, although there may be a bit of blood due to ripped skin. The odor of this oil is so overpowering and so foul that it is hard to explain, other than to say that if you had to choose between smelling a rotten egg, a skunk or a dog's anal gland fluid, you would take a while to answer, since all 3 are equally as bad.
Do not allow for the fluid to buildup. During grooming, take note of the glands and if they appear to be larger than a small peanut keep an eye on them. If your Beagle scoots his or her butt along the ground after having a bowel movement or shows any other signs of discomfort, these are signs that the anal sacs need to be expressed.
This is not something to ignore and hope it will go away, because 1 of 2 things will happen:
1. The fluid will build up to a point of breaking open and this may very well happen inside your home. When this happens, skin is literally ripped open which can lead to bacterial skin infection.
2- If by chance the sacs are not broken open by the pressure of the fluid, they can become compacted, slowly morphing into what could be described as a thick paste with the consistency of peanut butter, which causes even more discomfort to the Beagle and continuing issues.
While some owners choose to handle this task at home (it is not easy without practice and in and of itself can be quite a stinky, smelly and messy task) most opt to have this done at the dog groomers or at the veterinarian's office.
Smells that are a Sign of a Medical Issue
If there is a strong, unpleasant odor coming from one certain area of your Beagle, this often is a symptom of a health issue:
The mouth -
While no dog will have minty breath without the aid of a canine breath freshener, very bad smells from the mouth are often due to dental issues. Infected teeth can give off quite a terrible smell. Certain diseases can also cause a change to the breath and canine diabetes can cause a dog's breath to have a fruity smell.
Do provide daily dental cleanings
and make appointments for professional scrapings. Offer healthy dog snacks that promote healthy gums and teeth. If your Beagle had excessive smelly breath
, do make an appointment for a checkup with the vet who can determine the cause.
The Ears -
A Beagle's ears
are an invitation for issues since long floppy ears hold in moisture and heat. Bacteria thrive in this sort of environment. Everything from excessive wax buildup, to ear mites to ear infection can cause an odd or yeasty type smell. While many dogs will also show signs of discomfort and itchiness, some will not and the smell from the ears will be the only symptom you have to go on.
The Fix -
Do regularly clean out your Beagle's ears to prevent excess ear wax and also clean out the dirt, dust and debris that may become trapped in the wax. When you groom your Beagle, take a moment to lift each ear and take a whiff - this will allow you to detect any bad odor issues before they become so intense that you can smell them without such a close inspection. If you suspect ear mites, a yeast infection or any other sort of ear issue, do bring your Beagle in for a checkup as issues such as these will not resolve on their own.