Your assessment results for:

Lethargic or Weak

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your regular veterinary hospital ASAP to make arrangements

  • If your regular veterinary hospital is open, contact them now. If they are closed, it is probably safe to wait until morning. During your call, be sure to tell them what else is going on in addition to the lethargy.
  • In this case, it is the other symptoms you’ve selected in combination that makes this a high priority situation.
  • Monitor your dog closely for any new symptoms or changes in behavior. If your dog starts drinking more, has difficulty breathing, vomits or collapses, contact an emergency veterinary hospital right away.
  • If you are going to the vet soon (i.e. within 12 hours), do not feed your dog, as your vet may perform diagnostics that will yield better results if your dog has an empty stomach. If not and your dog is reluctant to eat, try feeding some boiled chicken and rice.


Why it’s high priority

Lethargy in combination with other symptoms usually indicate severe underlying condition

  • Just like in humans, lethargy is a fairly non-specific symptom of sickness and has a variety of causes that varies in severity. Based on the symptoms you’ve selected, your dog could have a condition that requires veterinary attention as soon as possible.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include tumors, neurological issues, and heart or lung problems.



Home care tips

Restrict exercise

  • Restrict exercise to short bathroom breaks only.
  • If you suspect that your dog has ingested toxins or poisons, you can call the ASPCA Poison Control (available 24/7)


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Please note that our Symptoms Assessments and Results are intended for informational purposes only, and not a medical diagnosis. Our goal is to help pet owners make an informed decision about if, when and how urgently they need to seek veterinary care. Using our site should not and does not replace a consultation with a veterinarian.