Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Lethargic Marge

It's been intesting over here at the Marge household.

Marge is VERY mopey, very sedentary during the day. I've been getting up, taking her on her 10 minute morning walk, and she is literally set until the evening. She doesn't want to do anything.

It was been hot, but not terribly so. However, the air conditioning hasn't been on, so the house has been sitting at a toasty 82-ish degrees the past couple of days. This may be a factor - she does not tolerate heat - especially humid days - well at all.

She slept all day yesterday, barely even asking to be fed. And THAT's a big deal, because we all know Marge is absolutely bonkers about her food. We did go to the park around 7:30 PM, though, and she livened up considerably.

Today was essentially the same. Moped around all day (although more excited about her food than yesterday), until I got her out of the house for Agility.

Agility was interesting.. she wasn't unwilling to train, but she was easily distracted (but no real reactive incidents, so that's a plus) and tired pretty quickly. Went over the A-Frame, Dog Walk, and even teeter with enthusiasm.

But the jumps.. oh, she really wanted nothing to do with them. We did a simple straight jump sequence to (try to) practice crosses, and while she did it, she didn't have her normal zip - the zip that got us through a 12-jump complicated sequence last week. Before the end of class, it was even worse.. she didn't pay attention at all and actually went bounding over to another dog at one point instead of waiting for my release in front of a jump.

Yet, when we came home, she had absolutely no reservations about running at top speed in Miller Field. She looked completely normal.. it was almost as if she released all of the energy she had saved up during the day.

So the pessimist in me is wondering whether something is bothering her physically.. the optimist in me is chalking it all up to the summer weather. Thoughts?


PoochesForPeace July 8, 2009 at 1:13 AM  

Hmm...that's a tough one. How did she act last summer? I guess it was probably hard to tell a year ago since that's when you first got her. If you don't want to take her to the vet yet I'd maybe watch her bowel movements. Sometimes they can eat foreign objects that get lodged...or if possible check for any spider/bug bites.

Cinnamon and Mint July 8, 2009 at 8:22 AM  

That might be an effect of a full moon. When Cinnamon behaved badly at Agility last night, someone in the club pointed it out.

I hope Marge will get better soon!

Pedro July 8, 2009 at 9:25 AM  


My mom doesn't like the heat either! Use your paws and turn on the a/c when your mom isn't looking :P


Susan Cava Ruimy July 8, 2009 at 9:32 AM  

Hey there,
My first suggestion is put the A/C on and see her reaction...these guys have a fur coat on, a toasty 82 might be a suffocating 82 to her.

If it doesn't improve I would take her to the Vet...a dog not wanting to walk in the am is a bit strange, it's not even that hot then.

Thanks for the info on Rescue Remedy/generic one - it's not for my dog but I've had a lot of people ask me about it and never had any first hand experience.


Sue July 8, 2009 at 10:43 AM  

If it goes on for more than a couple days I'd get her checked out. Morgan was acting funny one day, nothing specific, just didn't seem right. I took her to the vet and told him I thought there was something wrong. He checked her out and didn't find anything, but he trusts my observations and took blood. The next morning I got a phone call to bring her in immediately. Her liver wasn't working and she would be dead soon if we didn't do something. She was in the hospital for almost two weeks, but survived. She never showed any symptoms other than just being off her norm.

NCmountainwoman July 8, 2009 at 9:53 PM  

I think it's most likely the weather. Our very active Goldens become absolute slugs when it is 80.

Astrid Keel July 9, 2009 at 5:18 PM  

Hopefully it's just the weather... Brownie is often all excited to go out, but after 5 minutes in the heat, she pulls us back home. When it's cool, she doesn't want the walking to stop... so go figure!

Astrid Keel July 11, 2009 at 3:51 PM  

I'll try to post a video of Brownie running (well... more like a modified bunny hop) in the next couple of days. :)

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