A. It sounds like your puppy is either very weak due to an infection or has a problem in his brain. This is a very serious emergency. Many types of infections or neurological issues can be fatal in young puppies. Bring your puppy to the vet right now.
How to Identify Common Pet Problems ?
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Potential causes include inner/middle ear infections, intoxication, strokes, tumors, infectious or inflammatory diseases (meningitis), idiopathic vestibular disease (also called “old dog” vestibular syndrome), or other less likely causes.
Most puppies are clumsy around this age. After all, most only learn to walk at 3 weeks of age and run at 5 weeks of age. They are developing their gross motor skills, which help them to run, play, and “hunt.” Their fine motor skills will come later. Puppies also learn to jump up at this stage.
Eight weeks is still quite young, so you can expect him to sleep more than a pup that is 12-16 weeks old; however, there are medical reasons for puppy lethargy including parasites, incomplete diet, infectious diseases, and some congenital birth defects.
Dogs shake and tremble for all kinds of reasons — excitement, pain, old age, even nausea. Shivering and trembling may be symptoms of something serious — like poisoning, kidney disease, or injury.
Some of the signs of parvovirus include lethargy; loss of appetite; abdominal pain and bloating; fever or low body temperature (hypothermia); vomiting; and severe, often bloody, diarrhea. Persistent vomiting and diarrhea can cause rapid dehydration, and damage to the intestines and immune system can cause septic shock.
Why Swaying Back and Forth Occurs in Dogs. Vestibular disease affects the nerves that send messages back and forth from the dog`s eyes, inner ears, and body. In doing so, it alters the dog`s ability to balance thus causing him to sway back and forth either while standing or walking.
Being clumsy may be something that your pup will grow out of, or it may just be a trait that your dog was born with. Some large breed dogs are just naturally clumsy, maybe because of their large feet. Whatever the reason, as long as it is not a medical issue, it is just another reason why you love your pooch so much.
Loss of balance in dogs often occurs due to inner ear infections. If your dog has an ear infection, you may also notice additional symptoms such as odor in or around the affected ear, head shaking and scratching, walking in circles, and eye flicking, as well as redness, swelling, or discharge.
Keep an Eye on Your Puppy
If your puppy is just tired, then they should recover after some rest. This may just be a nap or it might be a good night`s sleep. Tiredness alone isn`t typically a sign that you should worry. However, if your puppy seems tired for a few days straight, then that may be cause for concern.
Lethargy. If your dog is more sluggish or tired than normal, that could be a sign something is wrong. Is your dog all of a sudden disinterested in playing or walking? Your dog could simply be sore or tired when the weather warms up, but if this persists for more than two days, you should take your dog to the vet.
In shaking puppy syndrome, tremors begin shortly after birth, with symptoms beginning as early as 2 weeks of age. Besides shaking, the puppy may have difficulty walking, issues with balance and coordination, and their legs may appear more wide-based than normal in an attempt to stabilize themselves.
Just like humans, dogs can shake or tremble with fear — but there are several other reasons why your dog might be shaking. Shaking can be a sign that your dog is in pain, has low blood sugar, or has a medical condition like neurological disease.
Intestinal parasites: Intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia, and giardia can cause gastrointestinal symptoms that can mimic the parvovirus.
Tests to diagnose parvovirus infection in a dog include fecal viral antigen testing and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Fecal antigen testing is an effective diagnostic tool and is most commonly performed in the clinic.
If your dog is staggering, stumbling, or falling over, it could be the result of a number of medical issues, including injury, stroke, poisoning, or an infection.
Puppies generally stand by day 15 and take their first wobbly walk by day 21.
Puppies, especially those under six months of age, already tend to have an irregular gait. When they play they may run with their rear legs shifted sideways, or they may scamper in leaps and skips. If you really watch your puppy and notice a persistent abnormality, there is a cause for concern.
Behavioral changes can be your first indicator that something is wrong with your dog. If interest is lost in playing games, going for walks, eating, and sudden lethargy are good key indicators that something is wrong, and your dog is trying to tell you in their own way.
Common signs of vestibular syndrome in dogs and cats include falling, head tilt (rotation of the head with one ear held lower than the other), flickering of the eyeball from side-to-side or up and down (nystagmus), general wobbliness (often with the animal drifting to one side as he moves around) and/or circling.
Distemper (aka canine distemper) is caused by a virus. It can infect dogs, raccoons, skunks, foxes, and large cats such as lions and tigers. The virus infects the lungs, airways, nose, and eyes. It can also infect the brain and suppress the immune system. Distemper can cause serious illness and death in these animals.
If your dog is sleepy, you can usually rouse them with their favorite treat. Or they might get up when they hear the doorbell. In contrast, a dog that is lethargic is probably not feeling well, so it`s much harder for them to return to their normal behavior.
Immediate veterinary care is critical to try to save a fading puppy. Treatments for fading puppy syndrome include warmth, fluids, and oxygen. Antibiotics are given if there`s a bacterial infection. The puppy will be fed by hand until they are strong enough to nurse independently.
A good diet is key to preventing lethargy in dogs of all ages. The best dog food for lethargy should contain quality protein and dietary fibre to provide energy, as well as some complex-carbohydrates that provide slow-releasing energy.