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Like us, dogs can sometimes look tired. But if it happens often, something might be going on with your pup. So let's look at five reasons your dog might look exhausted, based on our veterinarian experience.
You might have a hard time believing it, but your dog doesn't have an infinite amount of energy. So although dogs can run, pounce, and play for most of the day, your dog will end up tired at some point. They will need to rest lying down. If this is what your dog does, after playing for a long time, know that it's normal.
Vet tips: Consider adjusting their food intake if they frequently do intensive exercises. Two ideas :
- Add 10% to their daily food quantity (except if they are overweight)
- Supplement them with a veterinary-grade Hip & Joint product to support their joints
The food indiscretion emergency
The typical chain of events: one day, everything looks fine, and the next your dog is suddenly exhausted, sad, and doesn't want to play or eat.
Food, mood, and willingness to play are easy-to-see indicators of your dog's health. Be aware that sudden problems can arise if your dog eats something she shouldn't have. So, call your veterinarian quickly when you notice changes in your dog's behavior.
If your veterinarian recommends bringing your dog in for a visit, then think about what your dog could have eaten on your way there. It usually includes plants, medicines, household products, chocolate, grapes, and clothes such as socks or tights. Also, tell your veterinarian if your dog vomits or attempts to vomit. If that happens, it's another indicator your dog might have eaten something bad.
Old age - but is it really normal for an older dog to be tired?
Yes and no. Why? When your dog gets older, she or he might have less energy and sleep more, but most of the time, there is something else.
A common reason for this "lack of energy" is osteoarthritis. So you think your dog is tired and has no energy to play, run, get up or climb, but in reality, your dog is suffering.
If this description fits your older dog, visit your vet and give veterinary-grade supplements to help with the pain. Supplements will help support healthy joints and aid in daily regular physical activity.
Note: with veterinary-grade supplements, dogs can see a 42% pain reduction in 90 days (results obtained by objective measures in a scientific study).
Depression in dogs
Sometimes your dog eats well and seems fine except for looking sad and tired.
You might be surprised to learn that depression is a reality for dogs and can lead to behavior changes. In senior dogs, veterinarians refer to depression as involution depression ( or Involutional melancholia). This syndrome is associated with chronic depression in humans. In these cases, your dog might be lazy, vocalize, have trouble sleeping, forget commands, and have other behavioral changes.
Weak heart and other diseases
Some dogs might look tired after a small effort. Unlike dogs who experience involution depression, dogs suffering from a cardiac disease often stop short after an intense effort. For example, a dog with heart disease might stop after a sprint or experience syncopes. These signs are related to cardiac problems, and you should book a visit to your vet immediately.
Unfortunately, many other diseases, such as cancer, and liver or kidney issues, can also decrease your dog's energy levels.
You know now the main reason why a dog might look tired. The best advice we can give you is to trust your veterinarian. So, if you have any doubt, give them a call. They are here to help and to provide you with advice.