Tired dog.

For every pet behavior, there could be many possible reasons that explain why they do certain things. Some behaviors occur suddenly and cause great concern. Others tend to sneak in over time until they become part of the everyday routine. Tiredness or uncharacteristic fatigue is just one example of this. While certain pets, like seniors, tend to sleep more, pet lethargy is never a good sign.

Conditions and Their Symptoms

Pet lethargy is a symptom of various health conditions that require immediate action. Whether your pet slowly becomes less active or suddenly withdraws from household activities, please seek emergency veterinary care as soon as you notice this symptom. 

Deep unresponsiveness, inactivity, or sleepiness characterize true pet lethargy. Even a pet that plays less than before may be suffering from a health problem. They may appear unable to get up or walk, displaying weakness or wobbliness. 

Always keep an eye out for any changes to your pet’s behavior, especially their eating, grooming, and bathroom habits. A simple test would be to measure your pet’s general interest in the goings-on around them. 

What’s Going On?

Pet lethargy can be vague but may signal any of the following conditions:

  • Poisoning or exposure to toxins
  • Dehydration
  • Trauma
  • Pain
  • Snakebite
  • Heart, kidney, or liver disease
  • Respiratory problems
  • Parasitic, viral, or bacterial infections
  • Diabetes
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Cancer
  • Anemia
  • GI or urinary tract problems
  • Reactions to certain medications
  • Immune system diseases
  • Musculoskeletal or neurological disorders

Because of varying degrees of severity related to the above conditions, it’s critical to seek urgent care to address lethargy and other symptoms. Advanced diagnostics can lead to early intervention and a positive outcome. 

Don’t Wait

As pets age, they can suffer from osteoarthritis, lack of mobility, and sensitive joints. If they are considered overweight or obese, pets can become worn out after previously enjoyed activities. However, with a bit of time and patience, you can help your pet lose weight and gain energy. 

Recovering from an acute illness or injury requires more rest than ever before, but if your pet abandons their daily routines, we encourage you to act quickly. An exam can rule out complications or another underlying illness. 

Stay in Front of Pet Lethargy

To understand why your pet appears lethargic or sluggish, take a moment to consider other symptoms. Then, if you suspect that your pet needs help, please don’t wait. When it comes to pet lethargy, acting quickly can make all the difference. 
Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is available all day, every day to help. Please call us at (704) 334-4684 with any questions or concerns.