It’s common for pet owners with old dogs to no longer ask themselves “Why is my dog lethargic?” After all, we naturally assume lethargy is a sign our four-legged friends are just getting old. But did you know that your old dog’s lethargy isn’t necessarily due to his getting old? As VetStreet.com points out, there are a bunch of other things that bring about your old dog’s lethargy other than aging.
“Did You Know . . . Lethargy Isn’t an Unavoidable Aspect of Aging
“He’s old, poor guy!” It”s a common refrain that Dr. Lobprise hears when owners refer to their lethargic senior cats or dogs, but lethargy can often be a sign of a treatable condition.
“We know from human health that poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle can accelerate aging—an unhealthy diet and lifestyle can speed aging in animals too,” says Dr. Lobprise. “It’s great to see a dog [suddenly] energized after he’s been treated for diabetes or a mouth infection.
And owners are often pleasantly surprised to see that once lethargic pet run around like a puppy again.”
Since owners often don’t notice a gradual decline in their pet’s health, notes Dr. Lobprise, this is why regular checkups are so crucial for senior pets. Otherwise, it can be hard to get an accurate picture of your pet’s current state of health, without being able to compare it to prior health.” Read the complete report here.
The next time you ask “Why is my dog lethargic?” don’t just chalk it up to his old age. It helps to be thoroughly aware of your dog’s health so the next time you notice him moving sluggishly you don’t just think, “He’s just getting old.” To know the two other things every owner needs to know about their old dog, click here.