Your assessment results for:

Lethargic or Weak

Urgency level: Possible emergency

Contact an emergency veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact and emergency hospital ASAP and don’t feed your dog

  • Contact the vet before travelling to ensure they are able to see your pet. They may also need to give you specific instructions. 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 an emergency. Some regular hospitals may be able to treat your pet.
  • Do not feed your dog unless the vet advises otherwise. Depending on the diagnostics the vet wants to run, it will be more useful if your dog has an empty stomach.


Why it’s an emergency

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 severe condition and requires immediate veterinary attention.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include tumors, toxin ingestion, and internal bleeding. These situations are time sensitive and require ER veterinarians with specialized equipment (though some regular clinics may be able to treat your pet).


First aid 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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