Signs and symptoms of lethargy in dogs


Dogs sleep a lot, in fact, our canine companions will spend almost half their lives napping, usually though if they catch a sniff of their food being prepared or hear the sound of their lead jangling, they are suddenly wide awake and ready to take on the world.

A tired dog that doesn’t respond to his normal stimulus is clearly a reason for concern.

Dog’s with lethargy often seem to have lost all their energy, have a reduced or no appetite and can even appear depressed as well as spending an inordinate amount of time asleep. Your pooch might be acting out of character, for example by being intolerant of other dogs they usually get along with or seeming disinterested in cuddles, toys or human company. Sometimes your dog's tiredness might be accompanied by other symptoms too such as shaking, diarrhoea, breathlessness, restlessness or it could be that you think your pooch appears disorientated or weak.

As you can see there really are so many different symptoms that might accompany your dog’s listlessness depending on the reason behind it, but one thing’s for sure your furry friend can’t tell you what’s causing it and the only way to find out is by having him checked out at the vet.

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