Fatigue is a symptom that your pooch isn’t feeling himself rather than an ailment in itself, and it’s important to find out what’s causing it as although it might be something quite minor and easily treatable it could be something more serious too. So, if you’re sat there thinking my dog seems sad and tired all the time and wondering why he isn’t rushing to greet you at the door with his tail wagging read on to discover the common symptoms and causes of why he could be.
Just like us, dogs can have days when they are down in the dumps. They may be lethargic, less willing to play than usual and may even ignore you when you call them. If this goes on for longer than 24 hours, it’s possible they’re not just having an ‘off’ day and may be depressed.
Your dog like any other mammal can become dehydrated when his body is losing more fluids than he is taking in or if he is not drinking enough water. Dehydration in dogs is not just a case of your pooch being thirsty, it’s actually a serious condition that can even be life-threatening. A dog’s weight is comprised of 80% water and when he is dehydrated, he not only loses fluids but also the electrolytes such as potassium, sodium and chloride it contains which are necessary for his body to function.
Just as it is for us, keeping our dogs within an ideal weight range is important for their health and wellbeing. Overweight dogs are at an increased risk of a number of illnesses and problems with their organs and joints. Being overweight, even by a relatively low proportion, can potentially shorten a dog’s life expectancy.