Changes in House Training - The senior Beagle may begin to have trouble holding their bladder or bowel. This can be causes by kidney problems, diabetes, hormonal imbalances or simply because of a weakening of the bladder or bowel muscles.
It is best to keep a very easy access to the outdoor bathroom area, bring your older dog outside more often.
In extreme cases, you will find that the very old Beagle will need canine diapers. This is a good method, as a Beagle that keeps having accidents inside the home can lose self confidence. While one may quickly assume that wearing a doggie diaper is “embarrassing” for the dog; this is not true, as many dogs seem to prefer this to the shame of soiling indoor areas.
If your dog is urinating a lot more but also drinking excessively, this can be a sign of canine diabetes or kidney problems and is something to report to your dog's veterinarian right away.
Changes in Eating Habits - An older dog is more likely to develop tooth and gum conditions. And because of sore gums or loose teeth, he may let food drop out of his mouth or even refuse to eat.
It is very important to perform dental care
from day 1 of bringing your Beagle home. However, even if you ignored dental care then, begin right away. Speak to your vet about a dental exam; he will let you know if your senior Beagle can handle the light sedation that is done with 'full dentals', in which x-rays are taken to look for decay and infection, along with a cleaning and scraping.
The Senior Beagle should now be switched to a high quality senior dog food
, which should be softened with warm water or warm low-sodium chicken broth if the dog has missing or sore teeth.