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Look for Other Symptoms of Illness

If your puppy is sick, tiredness may not be the only symptom they have. Look for some of these other symptoms your puppy may be sick:

  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite
  • Eating odd things
  • Excessive thirst
  • Lack of enthusiasm
  • Lethargy
  • Bad smell
  • Scratching or itching
  • Head shaking
  • Excessive sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Diarrhea
  • Losing weight
  • Changes in behavior
  • Dry or rough coat
  • Unusual stools
  • Cloudy eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Scooting
  • Your puppy doesn’t have to have all of the above symptoms together in order to be considered ill. Tiredness combined with even a few of the symptoms, which are of a variety of different possible conditions, could be a sign of illness.

    Look for Signs – Your Pet Might Be Talking: Are You Listening?

    Dogs are so much more like humans than most people really know. Just like when your best human friend starts to act weird, disengaged, depressed or out of the norm, when your pets do the same you should wonder and perhaps even worry!

    Odd behaviors are often signed your pet is not feeling well and can be symptoms of a medical illness. Odd behaviors are also indicators of emotional issues. A pet’s behavior and its norms change when it’s not feeling happy and/or healthy.

    These changes are your pet’s best effort to show and tell you something is wrong and to get your attention. Are you listening?

    Signs of Exercise Intolerance and Lethargy in Dogs

    Its usually fairly easy to tell if your dog is acting sluggish. Excessive sleep, low energy, lack of excitement, and delayed responses are all overt signs of a lethargic dog, says Vetinfo. Exercise intolerance can be harder to spot, especially if you dont walk or play with your dog regularly. In milder cases, says Wag!, your pooch may simply not want to walk as far or play as much as normal. Coughing, heavy panting, or labored breathing following physical activity might also signal exercise intolerance. Extreme cases might involve confusion, disorientation, a lapse in toilet training, a rise in body temperature, wobbliness and even collapse.

    WHY Your DOG Looks Sad and Tired

    Even if you’re an expert pet owner and have worked with lots of puppies, it can be so difficult to determine what’s wrong when they are feeling unwell. When you search the internet for causes of things like vomiting and diarrhea, there are giant lists dedicated to all types of illnesses.

    Some health problems are more obvious than others. It is easy to see vomit on the floor or a loose pile of stool in the grass. But what happens when your puppy is more quiet than normal?

    How can you tell the difference between your puppy being simply tired versus very lethargic? In this article we look at the difference and explore some potential health issues that may cause lethargy in puppies.

    Most healthy puppies have boundless energy. Newborn puppies or puppies younger than six to eight weeks tend to be quiet but alert. They may not be too interested in toys or playing at this age, but they should always be receptive to nursing or eating food. Older puppies should be very bright and alert, and many of them are eager to play with toys, with other pets, or with their owners.

    The average puppy may nap at unusual hours of the day. This is especially true if the puppy has spent a good portion of the day running and playing. Just like children, puppy’s bodies need time to grow and develop during sleep cycles. Tired and sleepy puppies usually nod off right away and then wake up feeling energized again. They may go right to their food or water dish, or they may look to eat a snack or play with a favorite toy. It is rare for a healthy puppy to remain tired for long periods of time.