My dog is so lazy.

Canada
June 25, 2011 6:18pm CST
I noticed recently that my dog is getting lazier and lazier. I guess it's because he's old and it's much nicer to lie down all the time. He now lies down to eat. He started doing this a couple of weeks ago. There's no way to stop him from doing this, I know he wont change his ways. I can't take him for long walks anymore, I can barely even take him down the road without him wanting to lie down while out there. I have the ramp ready for him when he decides not to climb the stairs anymore, but so far he's still ok with this.
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@ladybug565 (2217)
• United States
26 Jun 11
M dog is an american eskimo he is 11. he has the same type of troubles. He has some arthritis and and thyroid trouble so he is overweight. he is on meds but he cant go for long walks and sometimes I have to give him pain meds but not all the time because it can cause liver damage. He lays down when he eats too and I dont see any reason not to let him.
• United States
26 Jun 11
Aww I love eskies. I have a mutt who looks just like a miniature one, only he's black.sorry to hear your pup isn't doing as good as he once was either. Seems like a lot of people are having their older dogs lose spunk now a days. I hope ur pup is doing alright too. They really are a beautiful breed.
• United States
27 Jun 11
thanks, he has good and bad days. your dog sounds beutiful how old is he?
• United States
26 Jun 11
Awww the poor thing. Do you think he might have osteoporosis or something? I used to have a German shepard and she refused to walk just about anywhere. We had her on meds for months but she couldn't really do much anymore. We chose to put her to sleep after a year of trying to help her cuz she was in pain. Just something to think about cuz it does happen, especially with really active dog breeds. But I hope ur pup is just lazy and not in pain like mine was. Best of luck to you and your doggy.
• Canada
26 Jun 11
I know he's just lazy. He hasn't shown any real signs of arthritis yet although his previous owner said he had it. However, I've had him for almost 2 years and I know him quite well. He likes to sleep a lot. He doesn't do well on hard floors, he never has.
• United States
26 Jun 11
Hmm, well it wouldn't hurt to get him checked out just in case. But like you said, you know your dog, so it might just be he's getting lazy. Another thought, it he overweight? Some dogs lose their energy if they carry extra pounds. So that could have something to do with it too.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
26 Jun 11
How is your dog? If it is on account of some illness u may take him to veterinary doctor for check up. Normally people call their pets by their names only. First time I have come across a person calling the pet as dog. Why? what is is his name?
• Canada
26 Jun 11
His name is Jazz and he's 10 and a half years old. He's a lab.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
26 Jun 11
He is a labrador. I read in answers.com the average age can be upto 17 or so. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Average_lifespan_of_Labrador consult a vet doctor if required.
• United States
26 Jun 11
Awww the poor thing. Do you think he might have osteoporosis or something? I used to have a German shepard and she refused to walk just about anywhere. We had her on meds for months but she couldn't really do much anymore. We chose to put her to sleep after a year of trying to help her cuz she was in pain. Just something to think about cuz it does happen, especially with really active dog breeds. But I hope ur pup is just lazy and not in pain like mine was. Best of luck to you and your doggy.
• United States
26 Jun 11
P.s. sorry I double posted. I don't know what's up with my internet. It's been weird all day.
@aghiuta (526)
• Canada
26 Jun 11
This is making me sad to hear.I had a female Rottweiller,and she started behaving like your dog.I was thinking that she was lazy,and tried to convince her to keep walking... When finally we took her to the vet, we were told that she had leukemia,and she passed away soon after.I always regreted that I was pushing her to walk, because she was trying to please me and now I know that it was very hard for her.So please take Jazz to a vet,and be hood to him.Give him a big hug.
@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
26 Jun 11
From the info in your post I'm thinking that your dog is overweight, neutered, and lacking exercise. Do you walk your dog a mile each day? Do you feed you dog scraps from the table? A 10 year old lab is middle-aged, and in the prime of his life. A neutered dog is living an unnatural life, which tends to make him/her lazy. Most dog owners don't know this, and they don't know that they must feed less to make up for the part of their dog's life that they have eviscerated. Dogs in the wild eat all they can once a day, or even once every other day, so you should feed your dog all he can eat once a day, and take the food away until next day. A healthy dog should look like a race-horse. You should be able to see his ribs, and his coat should be smooth and shiny. Never, never feed table scraps. A good quality dry dog food once a day is perfect.
@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
26 Jun 11
Dogs and cats get some of the same dis-eases that people do. Have you had him checked for arthritis? It can get so uncomfortable and painful for dogs that they just don't move around much. Any movement will cause pain. There are arthritis medications for animals on the market. Perhaps you should look into this?
• United States
26 Jun 11
That was my very first question and I see you answered above that he is 10 years old. Therefore, my thoughts is that he is simply up in dog year age and not into the activity stages any longer. This is okay as I understand that a dog is 7 years per each human year, therefore, I too think that at 70 I will be a lot slower. lol He is happy though right? If so let him take his time.
• Jamaica
26 Jun 11
You said that his previous owner said that he had arthritis so why do you think that jazz does not have it any more? What are the signs that you have not seen? I think that you need to have a vet see him just to make sure.
@ANIME123 (2473)
• United States
26 Jun 11
Some times that's what will happen when dogs get older. Like my chi she would be the opposite of lazy I guess it's because she is one year old and she just loves to play. Still she might have to much energy for me to handle at times because it's like she wants to play all the time. Oh well I guess I should enjoy it while she still is like this.
@nurseclare (2210)
• Philippines
26 Jun 11
You need to take your dog to a veterinarian. I wannna hug your dog now.Im a dog lover too. I hope he'll be finr soon..
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
26 Jun 11
I hope that isn't a bad omen of his health. I don't remember how old you said this dog was, but it sounds like he is pretty old. I guess just take him as far as he is able to go on walks and don't push him since if he is having trouble getting around he may not be able to go as far as when he was younger. You wouldn't want him to collapse in exhaustion a long way from home and then have to figure out how to get him home.
@GardenGerty (87682)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Jun 11
My old cat sleeps a lot, but when something motivates him you would think he was a kitten. He got more lively when I started making home made food for the cats.