sudden day-time lethargy

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Hi All,

I have my first own puppy, a 10-week-old Doberman, so obviously much is new to me. He is absolutely great and although exhausting (up 3 or 4 times each night for his bladder relief), the first 2 weeks with him have been very enjoyable.

Strange however: just spent practically 5 hours sleeping (from 5pm to 10pm) and only getting up because I "harrassed" him into going outside, knowing he would need a pee and trying to feed him some food, animate him to play with his favourite toy. He moped about with his food and with his toy for less than a minute or so then basically wanted to go back to sleep. Even when he was awake, he just seemed to watch me (rather than the usual chasing me or general playfullness).

He didnt sleep less last night, nor did he have an "exciting day" (that was Sunday, two days ago with lots of interaction with other dogs incl. puppy school). The weather isnt even really different nor is his food.

Any one know why a 10 week old puppy Dobe (male) would just suddenly have zero energy mid afternoon? I hope its just an occasional thing like us humans on a rainy Sunday rather than some kind of illness...

Cheers,
Leighton

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He's a baby, and will be sleeping alot, it's pretty normal.  In a few weeks, you'll probably be wishing he would go back to sleep like he used to!! lol  If you're worried about something medical, it's always best to see a vet, but from the post it doesn't sound that unusual at all.

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I am hoping it is just what Kevin says, which 99% probably is... but wacth him... Did he get into anything he shouldnt have???? Did he have any vaccines yesterday?  Again agree with kevin if you even have the slightest inkling its medical - call your vet asap tomorrow.... or if he isnt better take him to emergency facilty!

And kevin is exactly right with wishing they would go back to sleep.. have 7 &6 month old- I am ready for bed right now and they are kamakaze-ing each other off the couch!!!!

 

Hope its just sleepy puppy!!!!!

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I agree with everyone - it's PROBABLY a case of sleepy puppy, but if it continues or you notice any other changes go to the vet asap.  Is he drinking water the same as before?  Check for dehydration too.

As long as I've had Brinks he has been rather lethargic when a low pressure front is moving in.  When we got MiLady I noticed that she too will sleep more at that time.  In the wild, wolves will den up during bad weather & sleep...  Probably just a throw-back to those times.

Another thing to check is the outside temp.  If you're getting into spring with warmer weather that could contribute also.  Here in Georgia, summer can get intense with heat & humidity.  Brinks & MiLady will sleep more in the afternoons then.  From mid-June to mid-Sept. I try to get their exercise in before sunrise & after sunset - it's still hot & humid, but not nearly as bad as 2:00 pm on a sunny summer afternoon!  Plus, they both eat less during the hot weather - that's natural too.

Good luck - Keep us posted on how the little one does...

(PS.  how 'bout some photos of him?  We LOVE photos here!)

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Hello and welcome.  I'm a bit concerned about your pup.  If he starts vomiting or has diarrhea, take him to the vet immediately.  Has he has his vaccines so far?  Has he been out in an area that other dogs have been?  Is he drinking anything?  You could try to coax him to eat with a little chicken baby food from your finger. Keep a vigil on him and keep us posted.  A lethargic pup is scary for as young as he his for such a length of time.

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Leighton, I think I would take him for a vet visit.  There are a number of things that could cause lethargy, from minor, very treatable to life threatening.  If it were to be serious, his chances will be improved by your quick action.  And if it's nothing, all's good!

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Thank you all for your advice.

Turns out next day everything was back to normal and today he was just a crazy buzz - seems the older he gets, the more strength, energy, coordination, bravery / confidence etc. he has. So I guess I was lucky and it was just him being tired and catching up on rest. BTW. no, he has not had vaccinations recently. No he doesn't drink much but i mix hot water into his food and in the warmer weather / part of the day, he does drink more. Oh and yes, his poop is often rather sloppy (occasionally real diarrhea) but then again it always was - and it hardens up for a day or so only to soften up again... Not sure if that's normal?

My breeder said her dogs were quiet/sleepy all day too and that it was due to the change in weather. It did get colder and although it seems uncanny, maybe he was reacting to the pressure change - as Dabbles said.

I tried to upload some photos. THen I couldn't work out how to put up a profile picture - not sure if there is a bug with the software on this site but it worked yesterday and today it doesn't... Or maybe its just me on my "getting up three times each night and being hounded at day-break by wide awake puppy" problem which diminishes my ability to reach off my laptop in the dark (because he's now already asleep - getting prepared to attack me in the morning while I am still blurry-eyed... ;-) You gotta love them Dobe pups, hey...?

Cheers,

Leighton

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Soooo Sooo glad you posted! Been worrying wondering! glad your boy is well!!!!!

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Leighton, great news. Have been thinking about your little one. You do need to start the series of vaccines immediately and the loose stools might be worms. My vet does a worming with each set of shots. Some of the viruses can stay for a year or more. So it especially important to protect him since he is around other animals and places they have been. I don't mean to sound preachy, but some of these viruses are fatal and all just heartbreaking to watch and very expensive to fight. And those who pull through can be left with lifetime problems as a result. I encourage you to get a start on the vaccines. Very glad to have you here on the forum. Welcome to you and Maximus!

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Hi there, our puppy is now 5 months old but when we first got her at 8 weeks her stools were either really soft or really watery.   We went to see our vet who asked us to get a sample of her poop and he sent this off for testing.  It turned out she had 'Gardia' which is apparently quite common in new puppies and is a parasite which is confined to the small intestine . He gave her a stronger worming powder and recommended to change her  food to one for puppies with intestinal problems.   She needed two worming treatments and was on this food for about 2 months and is now the  picture of health.    Might be worth getting it checked out.   She did sleep a lot when we first got her but I think that was just her age - play/sleep/eat/poop/play ..., now at 5 months she has  many mad times and will suddenly flop down and be asleep in seconds.  She is just a joy to have, very intelligent but also goofy.   Good luck with your new puppy.   

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Hi, Scotty. Welcome to the fun!