Tue, Jun 4, 2024

For the past 2 days he hasn’t been as energetic as usual, he is eating and drinking just not as much as he usually does. Hes just been sleeping

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It's completely understandable to be concerned when your usually energetic Shih Tzu seems more lethargic and isn't eating or drinking as much as usual.

One possibility is that your dog might be experiencing mild discomfort or a minor illness, such as a mild gastrointestinal upset or a slight fever. Sometimes, changes in the environment or routine can also affect a dog's behavior and energy levels.

Firstly, ensure that fresh water is always available and try offering more palatable food, like boiled chicken or rice, to encourage eating.

Next, look for any other signs of illness, such as vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, or any unusual behavior. Also, check for any signs of pain, such as limping or sensitivity when touched.

Ensure your dog stays hydrated. If he’s not drinking much, you can try offering ice cubes or a little bit of low-sodium chicken broth to encourage fluid intake.

If your dog's lethargy and reduced appetite continue for more than a couple of days, or if you notice any other concerning symptoms, it would be best to take him to a vet. Persistent lethargy can sometimes be a sign of underlying health issues that need professional attention.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask. Thank you.