The Norman Transcript


November 13, 2013

What is causing dog to be lethargic



Check some of the better brands of dog food on my website,, and also my home-prepared recipe. Give her three small meals daily and weigh her as soon as you begin the transition onto a new diet. Then weigh her every two weeks and reduce the amount fed if she is putting on weight.

My educated guess is that she may be developing arthritis or spondylosis of the back. Cosequin or other good supplements containing chondroitin, MSM and glucosamine may help.

Dear Dr. Fox: We have two cats, and we’re having a problem with one of them. To give a quick background, we got a brother and sister from the same litter, and they were a happy pair.

After a year, the male got sick and passed away. We got another female kitten, and the older female didn’t like her, so she preferred to be in the basement. Not a big deal; we kept a litter box, food and water down there for her, and for a few months, she was good there. She would come up daily to visit us and go outside, then back to the basement.

We noticed that she started getting lethargic and drinking a lot of water. She stopped using the litter box, totally ruined the basement carpet, and continued to slow down to the point that we took her to the vet.

He said that she seems to have been poisoned, and she might not make it. That was two years ago, and since then she has continued to urinate on the floor beside the box or on top of the box (there are two boxes, both covered because of the dogs) or outside. She defecates in the box, or outside, so that isn’t a problem.

We don’t know what to do. Punishment or coaxing doesn’t seem to help, and we don’t know what else to do. Please help.

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