Lethargy In Dogs: Signs, Causes, And Treatment

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Lethargy In Dogs: Lethargy occurs due to a lack of energy and weakness in the body. Like humans, it can also happen in dogs. However, lethargy can also be a sign of some kind of disease.

Lethargy Can Be Divided Into Three Parts:

Mild: In this, the dog is not as agile or playful as before, but he does all the work during the day.

Moderate: At this stage, the dog shows no interest in playing and may sleep or rest longer than usual.

Excessive: In this stage, the dog becomes lazy in walking. He doesn’t even like to sit with his head raised.

Signs Of Lethargy In Dogs

If your dog is lethargic, he may show the following symptoms:

Loss Of Appetite: Not eating and showing no interest in favorite foods.

Exercise Intolerance: Coughing, gasping, or shortness of breath after a small amount of physical activity.

Lack Of Enthusiasm And Energy: Not playing with your favorite toy.

Sleeping More: Sleeping longer than usual.

Dehydrated: Lack of water in the body and refusal to drink water.

Confusion: Feeling apathetic or showing no emotion.

Wobblies: Stumbling due to lack of energy while getting up or walking.

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Why Do Dogs Suddenly Get Tired?

Lethargy in dogs can be a sign of a variety of diseases, including infection, malnutrition, metabolic disease, medication, tumors, anemia, poisoning, injury, or aging.

The following can be the reasons for lethargy in dogs:

Parvovirus: Canine parvovirus is a life-threatening disease, in which symptoms such as bloody diarrhea, loss of appetite, and lethargy are seen in the dog.

Canine Distemper: Paramyxoviruses in dogs can cause canine distemper or distemper, which affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems of dogs, causing persistent fever, diarrhea, and extreme lethargy.

Canal Cough: Canal cough is caused by an infection of the respiratory system in dogs, which can be caused by a bacteria or virus. Its main symptoms include a persistent dry cough, a stuffy feeling in the throat, and a runny nose.

Heartworm Disease: Heartworm disease is a serious and fatal disease caused by a parasite called “Durophilia immitis”. These parasites can cause serious lung disease, heart failure, and damage to other parts of the body.

What Causes Lethargy In Dogs

Heart Disease: Extreme fatigue and lethargy can be a sign of ‘congestive heart failure’ in dogs. Congestive heart failure is a long-term condition in which the heart muscle’s ability to pump is weakened.

Liver Disease: If a dog has liver disease, apart from the yellow color of its skin, symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, extreme lethargy, weight loss, thirst, and frequent urination can be seen.

Diabetes: If a dog has diabetes, then symptoms such as excessive thirst, urination, hunger, and constant lethargy appear.

Hypothyroidism: Dogs being lethargic is one of the main symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Some medications given to dogs for fleas and ticks can cause lethargy.

Medicines used on humans such as ibuprofen and certain foods such as onions and garlic can be very dangerous for dogs. Because of these, they may feel lethargic and faint.

Eating an unusually large amount of food can lead to flatulence, which makes it difficult for dogs to run or walk and become lethargic.

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Lethargy In Dogs Treatment

Your dog should be taken to the veterinarian immediately after symptoms appear. The treatment of lethargy depends on its cause.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for distemper and parvovirus disease in dogs, but symptoms can be controlled to some extent with good care.

Heartworms (parasites) can be removed with antibiotics and intravenous IV (intravenous fluids such as water or glucose), but sometimes surgery may be needed to remove these parasites.

Antibiotics, cough medicine, and medicines given to correct the respiratory process may prove useful to cure canal cough.

In heart disease and liver disease, treatment should be started immediately to save the dog’s life.

Controlling diabetes in dogs requires insulin therapy, appropriate dietary changes, exercise, and regular monitoring.

Before giving any new medication to a dog, read all the ingredients on its label and or check with your veterinarian to see if it is safe for the dog.

Do not overfeed the dog, because dogs who are overfed tend to become obese, due to which they are prone to lethargy and other diseases.

Vidhi Kapoor

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