Weakness and lethargy are vague but common symptoms of illness in dogs. And a number of factors, some quite serious, can make your dog lethargic or weak. The average dog sleeps for more than 10 hours a day, which means you may find him dozing off multiple times over the course of a day.
Sometimes, you may confuse your dog’s relaxation time as lethargy, and start worrying for no reason. On the other hand, if your dog is not eating properly, not responding when you call him, or doesn’t feel like walking, playing, or doing the things he normally enjoy, it most likely means that something is seriously wrong with your dogs health.
There are a number of reasons why your dog could lethargic, some of which include:
These are just some causes that can trigger lethargy in your dog. It is best to contact your vet right away if you have any concerns.
Because lethargy and weakness can indicate anything, from a continuing illness to a deadly disease, the best thing you can do is get in touch with your vet as soon as you start noticing any of these symptoms. Remember that it is okay if your dog is feeling exhausted after a good exercise session or a cat chase, but if the behavior continues, this becomes a cause for concern.
You should only start your home care once a veterinarian, who will carry out some tests and do a full diagnosis of the problem, has handled your dog professionally. After the therapy is initiated, administer the prescribed medication as suggested by your vet. Observe your dog’s behavior, appetite and general activity and notify your vet as soon as you see the symptoms change or get worse. Remember that home care shouldn’t replace professional help as it will only make the situation worse. This is true as well for emotional support animals.