Q. My 11 yo beagle suddenly has horrible breath and is licking everything ( walls, furniture, floors, blankets, etc). What could be causing this?

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A. Horrible breath is usually a sign of an abscess or injury that is infected or a tooth abscess. Another cause is renal failure. Sudden excessive licking can be a sign of nausea. She may have eaten something rotten that is causing the nausea and the bad breath. If this does not stop by tomorrow or if she deteriorates before tomorrow you need to take her to a Pet ER or veterinarian.

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