And tips for how to get him back on track
When humans are feeling a bit sluggish, we often turn to a strong cup of coffee to finish the day off strong. But how can you revive your dog’s waning energy level?
If your dog is suddenly more lethargic than he used to be, it’s can sometimes be a sign of a more serious problem. Sudden energy loss is most commonly associated with liver disease and heart failure in dogs. It can also be a sign of infection as your pup’s immune system is working to fight it off. In either case, it’s time to go see your vet.
However, if your vet determines that your dog is in good health but you’re still noticing a slowdown, whether due to aging or a recent injury, there are a few things you can do to boost your pup’s energy levels.
Make sure your dog is eating the type of food and amount of food appropriate for his age and breed. To increase your dog’s energy levels, make sure protein comprises of about 20 percent of his daily intake. Fat is also a key, so aim for his diet to have an average of 10 to 15 percent of calories from fat.
A few ways to identify whether or not food is the culprit are:
- If your dog is refusing food or simply not eating enough to get the appropriate number of calories – this could also happen if you wean a puppy too quickly to adult portions.
- If your dog is eating at different times – low energy could be related to erratic blood sugar levels. If you recently changed mealtimes or frequency of feedings, go back to what you did originally and see if that helps.
- You recently changed diets or brands of dog food – all dog food has different proportions of nutrients. Try switching back to his original food to test if that is the reason for your dog’s energy decline.
The more weight your dog carries, the more effort it takes for him to move around and the more strain it puts on his internal organs. Obese dogs naturally aren’t as spry as more svelte canines. If your dog has packed on the pounds, talk to your vet and create a weight loss program.
Adding Omega 3 fatty acids can increase energy level, as can brewer’s yeast and B vitamins. Herbs like Indian ginseng, Echinacea Purpurea, and Mistletoe can boost metabolism and energy. These are all supplements that can easily be added to your dog’s diet, but talk with your vet before making any significant changes.
Most dogs actually love exercise. Daily walks should be a part of any dog’s regime. If you want to increase your dog’s stamina, you can build up the activity level to include longer walks, hikes, and runs. Keep in mind, if you try and ratchet things up too quickly, that can tire your dog out and cause him to be even more tired, so takes things slow at first. Playing games like fetch or Frisbee can also be a great way to sneak in exercise under the guise of playtime. For older dogs, swimming might be an activity to consider together because it’s easier on the joints.
Consider a few of these tips next time you notice any significant changes to your dog’s energy level, it should help get him back on track in no time.
Posted on August 26, 2019