Sleeping more often than usual or for long periods of time. Cats and dogs are genetically designed to sleep a lot, they tend to take short naps, and be active in between. If your pet is sleeping usually often (and long) it might be a sign of depression or a medical condition, in which case it is advised to consult a veterinarian.
How to Recognize
If your pet sleeps more often or for longer periods than usual, it may be a sign of an underlying issue. Your pet may also show a decreased interest in activity or appear tired and weak.
Causes of Excessive Sleeping
Excessive sleeping may mean your pet is depressed, or it can be a sign of a medical issue such as hypothyroidism, Heartworms, parvovirus, distemper, Kennel cough, Diabetes, heart disease, or liver disease.
Excessive sleeping can be a sign of a behavioral or medical issue. It is important to seek veterinary care if your pet is sleeping more than usual.
Treatment for Excessive Sleeping
Medication can also cause excessive sleeping in animals, so be wary of any medications prescribed to your pet if they are already sleeping more than usual.
When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.