My Dog is Weak and Lethargic
Weakness and lethargy are both symptoms that prompt immediate action by most veterinarians. If your dog is looking weak and/or lethargic, you need to go through an immediate exam to determine whether an urgent trip to your vet is needed or if just a few readily available household items might solve the problem.
What to Look For
This isn't a physical exam. Instead, quickly run through this mental checklist to verify that:
What to Do
Now, quickly ask yourself the following questions:
Did your mental checklist turn up any inconsistencies? If so, track them down and try to determine whether they could be the source of your dog's weakness. Follow the appropriate course of action, if it seems reasonable, at home. If not, see your veterinarian.
If your mental checklist does not fill you in on your dog's condition, try performing the examination outlined in “My Dog Is Stiff” [not available online] for clues as to which direction to follow to arrive at a diagnosis.
Text © 2007 by Robert D. "Jake" Tedaldi, D.V.M.