Low Energy in Dogs

 

How to care for a dog with low energy
Lethargy and weakness are problematic and visible symptoms of illnesses in dogs. Many things, some of which are quite dangerous, can make result in low energy in dogs. For instance, low energy in your dog may be the result of an infection, pain, disease, or the result of medication side effects. Your dog can’t tell you if he’s not well, so you have to be able to notice the signs of illness or pain and do what it takes to restore health and wellbeing again. Because low energy can indicate anything from simple overexertion to a life-threatening disease, always talk to your vet if you notice it.

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Causes of low energy
Dogs can suffer from low energy levels suddenly or a secondary symptom resulting from a chronic or generalized disorder affecting the entire body. It can occur after excessive exercise, a long run or walk, fear, stress, or even anxiety-producing harsh weather conditions. Short-term lowered energy levels are more common in younger dogs while senior experience constant levels of decreased energy as part of the regular aging process.

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Symptoms of low energy
It’s easy to notice when your normally hyper dog suddenly sleeps all day or drags on the morning walk. However, other symptoms of low energy in dogs include:

  • Fever
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  • Stress
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  • Anemia
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  • Diarrhea
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  • Lethargy
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  • Inactivity
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  • Weakness
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  • Lack of interest

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Is testing available for low energy
Your dog's history and general clinical symptoms are critical to identifying any underlying causes. Laboratory procedures, including an evaluation of overall condition and blood counts, are components of the initial diagnosis phase. A liver function test, advanced bloodwork, biochemical profiling, fecal and urine examination, biopsy in case of tumors, and endocrine tests may also be necessary for confirming any possible diseases. Malnutrition from unpalatable and imbalanced dog food is quite frequently identified as a main reason for low energy in dogs.

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Treatment for low energy
The first part of the initial assessment of energy levels in dogs is determining if a patient requires immediate care. This is done with oral administration of energy-rich fluids and contents. If oral administration is impracticable or accompanying symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea are present, fluids containing substances high in energy, such as lactose and electrolytes, are administered through an SC or IV route. At home, brief but moderate cases of low energy in dogs can be treated by providing fresh drinking water and regularly offering dog food that is high in energy.

Disclaimer: We are NOT licensed vets. DO NOT try to diagnose or treat animals based off this or any other information you find on the internet. This page is just basic information to help bring awareness to different health issues that are common in pets. If you pet is having any kind of medical issues, please seek professional treatment from a licensed vet who is trained and set up to handle such matters.
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