Your assessment results for:

Lethargic or Weak

Urgency level: Medium priority

Contact your family veterinary practice in 1-2 days if not resolved, or if the situation gets worse

What to do next

Monitor your dog closely for other symptoms

  • Monitor your dog closely for any new symptoms or changes in behavior. Contact your family veterinary practice right away if your dog develops any of the following:
    • Vomiting
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Collapse or fainting
    • Increased thirst
    • Distended (swollen) abdomen
    • If your dog remains lethargic for a second day


Why it’s medium priority

Lethargy with no other symptoms may resolve on its own

  • 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 fact that your dog is not exhibiting other signs in addition to the lethargy, it does not appear your dog requires immediate veterinary attention. It may resolve on its own with some rest.


Home care tips

Be extra attentive to your dog’s needs and give them a hug


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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.