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Why is my dog more tired than usual?

Published: Feb 01, 2012

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If you've noticed that your dog is sleeping more than usual or has less energy on walks and around the house, you might want to make an appointment with your veterinarian. WebMD reports that lethargy can be a clinical sign of a serious health problem, such as infections, heart disease or other organ diseases. VCA Animal Hospitals reports that lethargy is a common finding in older dogs suffering from osteoarthritis.

Infections can range from upper respiratory problems to parasites like heartworms, but the news source suggests that lethargy is a common clinical sign of most infections. A veterinarian will be able to assess your dog's health and determine the reason they are more tired than normal.

Some canine diseases may also make your dog sleepy, such as heart disease or canine diabetes. Congestive heart failure is an illness that can attack the right or left side of your dog's heart. Depending on which side is affected, the clinical signs may vary slightly, but fatigue and difficulty breathing are common signs regardless of which side is affected, according to VCA.

Pay attention to how often your dog rests, and if it seems to be more than normal, or if you notice other clinical signs of health issues, take your pet to see a veterinarian. Even if there's nothing wrong, it's better to be sure and avoid the risk of a serious health problem getting worse.


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.