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    My dog is lethargic, what should I do?

    Lethargy means sluggishness, drowsiness or dullness. A dog that is lethargic may show no interest in going for a walk, even though that's usually the highlight of his or her day, or they might not want to play.  Sometimes lethargy in dogs can be due to the weather (a hot day) or being tired out after an extra long walk, but it can be the first sign that something is not quite right with your dog.

    Lethargy (and weakness) are common signs of illness in dogs, but they are rather vague – lots of different problems can make your dog appear lethargic and weak.

    A few of the common causes of lethargy in dogs are:

    • Infection. Any kind of infection including serious ones such as parvovirus, distemper, kennel cough and leptospirosis - can make your dog lethargic.

    • Metabolic Disease. A wide range of chronic conditions can leave dogs weak or lethargic. These include heart problems, liver problems, diabetes, and hypoglycaemia.

    • Medications. A broad range of medications can make your dog lethargic or weak. If you notice weakness after starting a new drug or using a new flea or worm product, call your vet immediately.

    • Tumours

    • Pain

    • Trauma

    • Chronic or acute diarrhoea

    • Hypothyroidism

    • Anaemia

    • Poisoning (for example from eating foods that are toxic to dogs, like garlic, leeks, or onions)

    Because there are so many things that can cause lethargy in your dog, it's always best to contact your vet if you have any concerns.

    Please note:
    This advice is not a substitute for a proper consultation with a vet and is only intended as a guide. Please contact your local veterinary practice for advice or treatment immediately if you are worried about your pet’s health - even if they are closed, they will always have an out of hours service available. Find out more
    about what to do in an out of hours emergency.

    Maybe he ate something inedible and it's stuck in his stomach or bowel. Take him/ her to a vet ASAP .

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