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Do You Have a Lethargic Dog or a Dog Who Just Loves to Sleep?

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The old saying goes let sleeping dogs lie, but can dogs ever sleep too much? Can sleeping be signs that something is wrong? While many dogs sleep a lot, a change in energy for your dog could be a sign that there is an underlying medical condition and may be a symptom of a larger issue. If your dog acts like he doesn’t have any energy, he might be lethargic, which is often a symptom of an underlying medical condition.
What is the difference between a dog who sleeps a lot and a dog who is lethargic?
Contrary to popular belief, you can’t figure out if a dog is lethargic just by looking at his sleep patterns. Dr. Kimberly Hammer, Internal Medicine specialist and Medical Director at NorthStar VETS, advises that “Dogs who are lethargic may sleep a lot, but they also tend to be mopey when they are awake.”
While dogs who are lethargic might be sleeping more, the important thing to observe is how your dog is acting when he is awake to determine if your dog is sleepy or if your dog might be lethargic. Registered Veterinary Technician and Embrace Pet Insurance Claims Manager Rachel Hinder explains that “Lethargy can often be witnessed when a dog is awake. Lethargic dogs appear to have very low energy, but it doesn’t always mean that they are sleeping more than normal.”
Symptoms of lethargic dogs?
Increased sleep may be a sign your dog is lethargic, but our experts explain a more telling way to determine if your dog is lethargic — look at your dog’s behavior is like when they are awake. Dogs who are lethargic may have a decreased appetite and show less enthusiasm for treats and toys.
Dr. Hammer explained that a dog who has lethargic “may be less interested in daily activities such as walks or playing.” In addition to a decreased interest in normal activities, a dog who is lethargic might withdraw from the family. “He or she may also be less interested in his or her surroundings such as other pets or family members.”
To determine if your dog is lethargic, look at your dog’s whole day, how much he is sleeping as well as if his general interest in play and activity changes.
Issues associated with lethargic dogs:
Lethargy in dogs can be the result of a variety of conditions. Common causes of lethargy differ based on the age of dogs. Rachel says that with young dogs’ lethargy is often caused by: “infectious