What Does It Mean When My Durham Dog Is Lethargic?
Why is My Dog so Tired?
Dogs are usually playful, happy, and curious beings. However, like humans, dog’s energy levels fluctuate depending on a number of factors. Things that can affect your dog’s energy include diet, fitness, stimulation, and health.
If you notice your dog is suddenly lethargic without obvious reason, it is probably time to visit a vet. Lethargy can be described as inactivity and gives the appearance of being tired or sleepy all the time. Lethargy is also a common symptom of illness in dogs (though it can be attributed to many other reasons). Unfortunately, due to the serious nature of many things that can cause your dog to be lethargic it is important that you go to a vet, immediately. Lethargy can be caused from infection, disease, pain and medication and can point toward anything from chronic conditions to life-threatening illnesses. Whew – that’s a lot!
Here are some of the more common causes tiredness or lethargy in dogs:
Kennel cough is a common and very contagious respiratory disease. If your dog has this he or she will exhibit a dry, honk like cough. You may also notice that your dog is lethargic and feverish. Treatments for kennel cough will vary.
Parvovirus, this illness can be spread through feces. Other symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain (which may be difficult to detect). If your vet diagnoses your dog with parvo, he or she will be treated with Subcutaneous Fluids, anti-nausea/ diarrhea medications, and antibiotics. Treatment is fairly aggressive.
Distemper can cause a number of symptoms such as fever, lethargy, and discharge from your dogs eyes and nose, in addition to causing coughing and possible neurological problems. Your vet will likely use antibiotics with possibly anticonvulsants to treat this.
Heartworm disease is extremely serious, and caused by heartworms that infect your dog through mosquito bites. Symptoms include lethargy fever, depression, and weakness. Prevention through vaccination is the best option. Treatment heartworm requires a series of injections and several weeks of strictly enforced rest.
Heart disease, especially congestive heart failure can cause lethargy, and reduced tolerance for exercise. As the condition degrades, other symptoms progress, including loss of appetite and rapid breathing. Treatment varies.
Diabetes also causes lethargy. Other signs for this disease include excessive thirst, weight loss, and changes in appetite. Treatment for diabetes includes insulin injections and diet changes.
Liver disease is also very serious, and signs include lethargy, jaundice, loss of appetite, depression, and abdominal bloating. Treatment of liver disease is vital and often includes medication, diet changes, or surgery.
As you can see, increased lethargy in your dog can be a sign that a serious, underlying illness may be at play. As always, seek prompt medical attention!