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November 13, 2013

What is causing dog to be lethargic

NORMAN — Dear Dr. Fox: In May, my dog, a dachshund, became very hungry and thirsty. We’ve had her tested for thyroid issues, diabetes and Cushing’s disease, along with other blood and urine tests; everything is normal. We feed her a fourth-a-cup dog food morning and night, plus a handful of green beans for lunch. She gets one Teeny Greenie and a few small treats during the day.

Her behavior also has changed. She does not chase her squeaky toys now. She just brings them to us and squeaks them when she wants to be fed.

She used to jump on the couch when we asked her to come up, but she now refuses and just lies flat, even though we know she can jump. When we pick her up and put her on the sofa, she jumps down.

She used to weigh 20 pounds, and now she weighs 24 pounds. Even 20 is too much for her. I know she doesn’t get enough exercise. When we walk her, all she wants to do is smell. She has never walked at a consistent pace, and I don’t want to pull and drag her.

My vet doesn’t know what to do and suggested that I see a specialist. I don’t know what else to do. I don’t believe that she is just begging for food but is really hungry. We always tell her no, but it is such a constant thing. Any ideas, comments or suggestions?

— D.B.

Dear D.B.: You don’t say how old your dog is. I would advise repeating blood tests for possible diabetes and kidney disease. With this breed, it is not wise to encourage jumping up onto furniture because their backs are prone to injury and degenerative disease, conditions aggravated by becoming overweight.

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