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Dog seems to become tired as summer closes in

Species: dog | Category: behaviour | Submitted: 8 March 2009 03:29PM | viewed 51158 times
Q Riana asks:

I have a King Charles Cavalier x Sheltie. She is about 8 years old. I've noticed over the past 2 to 3 years that during winter she is very energetic and on the go but during the warmer months she becomes noticeably slower and seems tired. I've had other dogs before but never noticed this. This year - only March now and not yet warm, but she's gone really slow already over a matter of weeks. Walks doesn't seem to excite her anymore. My concern is the relatively quick switch between states. Her coat length is comparable to a Border Collie and she's got short ears like a Collie.

Q Our vet says: It would be worth asking your vet to check her generally since these types of changes could be due to medical problems such as a bad heart (Cavaliers are well known for heart problems especially at this age) arthritis or metabolic problems etc.

If she gets a clean bill of health you could try getting her coat clipped short during the warmer summer months. If this is not successful then you could try herbal treatments (some herbs are known to be cooling in their action and this may help her). If you would like to know more about herbal options please contact us again.

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