Do You Have a Lazy or Lethargic Dog?

by | Dec 4, 2019 | Dog Psychology, Health and Nutrition

Did you know that over two-thirds of people say that they understand their pets?

When your dog “woofs” or your cat “purs” you know what they want to say to you. But, do you really know what they want to communicate?

You may know when they’re hungry for food or eager to go outdoors. And yet, have you ever wondered how to tell if you have a lazy or lethargic dog?

To discover the subtle signs of your dog, check out below to learn everything you need to know to read your pet’s signals.

1. Unusual Behavior From Your Pooch

If your dog shows a lack of energy or enthusiasm compared to usual, then you could have a lethargic dog on your hands.

Have you recently spotted your dog is behaving differently?

We all fancy a lie in once in a while. But, your dog may have been sleeping for much longer recently.

Is your dog normally always eager to play fetch? You may only spot that your dog is slightly less enthusiastic about chasing the ball. 

Your pet hound never ever leaves any food. Have you begun to see food leftover in its bowl after dinner?

These kinds of behavior may suggest that somethings up with your dog. Just as with humans, dogs have lazy days sometimes.

But, if your dog is lethargic, there may be something more serious going on with your furry friend.

2. Potential Causes of Acting Lethargic 

There are numerous health conditions and illnesses, your dog could be suffering from. This may explain the strange behavior of your pet.

Potential causes included the below:

  • Fever or infection 
  • General pain or injury
  • Diabetes or low blood sugar
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease

If you are concerned that your dog may be suffering from one of the above health conditions or illnesses, you need to take your pet to a vet immediately.

However, there are numerous other less harmful factors that could explain your dog’s lethargic behavior.

Ask yourself if your dog has access to enough water. Dehydration could cause your dog to become exhausted much quicker. Ensure your dog always has water available.

Did your dog recently lose a friend? Yes, dogs can suffer from grief as well. If your dog’s friend recently died or moved away, your dog may be simply missing a buddy.

Every dog owner knows that dogs thrive with routine. Walks early in the morning at seven o’clock should stay the same. If you give your dog dinner at four o’clock every day, stick with it.

If you have recently switched the schedule, then you may notice it takes your dog a while to get used to these changes. But, this should be ok eventually.

3. Do You Just Have a Lazy Dog?

You may simply have a lazy dog. If your dog has always lacked energy, then you shouldn’t suspect that there is anything to worry about your dog’s health.

This is especially true if your dog is getting older. Your puppy may have had bags of energy. But, as they get older, dogs eat less.

Unlike the sudden change of lethargy, lazy dogs are always lazy. Or, at least, you’ll spot the gradual development as your dog puts on weight and gets older.

It’s also worthwhile considering that some dog breeds are typically lazier than others. For example, Pugs and French Bulldogs have much lower energy compared with Jack Russels or Border Collies.

4. How to Prevent Lethargy for Your Dog

You shouldn’t only focus on dealing with your dog when he or she becomes lethargic. You need to prevent the health conditions and illnesses that can cause it.

Give Them a Healthy Diet 

Your dog needs to be provided with a healthy diet. Make sure you buy quality dog food which gives your pet the nutrition required for a healthy diet.

This can help to prevent illnesses and ensure your dog maintains a healthy weight throughout its life.

Taking Your Dog for Regular Walks

You need to always take your dog for a walk. Rain or shine, get outside and give your dog (and yourself) some exercise.

Regular exercise can help to fight off the development of numerous diseases that cause lethargy. Of course, don’t over-walk your dog either.

Different breeds of dogs require different amounts of exercise.

On of the one hand, if you have an old-aged pug, they won’t need much more than twenty minutes of slow walking per day. On the other hand, a Border Collie puppy will be able to run around all day long.

Ensure Your Dog has a Quiet Space

You want to make your dog feel safe in your home. Ensure that they have somewhere to go where they feel safe.

When there are fireworks or too many people around, your dog needs to be able to find refuge somewhere where they won’t be disturbed. 

This can help to stop your dog from feeling stress and prevent lethargy from developing in your furry friend.

Love, Affection, and Company

Remember that dogs are “pack animals” first and foremost. When they join the “human pack” they expect social activity and to be around others.

Therefore, leaving your pet dog alone for the day and night isn’t recommended. Your dog may even develop depression and lethargy if they don’t receive the love and affection they require to be happy.

What to do if You Have a Lethargic Dog?

Now you know the signs and causes of lethargy in your dog. You need to be able to tell the difference between a lazy and lethargic dog.

Do you want to read more about dogs? Check out this blog post on the best products to buy your pet pooch.