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Muscle Weakness

Muscle Weakness

The pet experiences a lack of strength or muscle weakness, which is a common symptom of a vast array of illnesses in cats and dogs. Since most of the causes of muscle weakness are quite serious, it is essential that pets displaying weakness are treated right away. Common causes of muscle weakness in cats and dogs include parvovirus, heartworm disease, distemper, kennel cough and leptospirosis. Heart disease, diabetes, hypoglycemia and liver disease can also cause muscle weakness.

How to Recognize

Signs of muscle weakness include physical exhaustion, tiring out easily, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, excessive drooling, and collapse.

Causes of Muscle Weakness

Muscle weakness in your pet may be due to an infection, such as parvovirus, heartworm disease, distemper, kennel cough or leptospirosis, or a disease, such as heart disease, diabetes, hypoglycemia or liver disease.


Muscle weakness can be a sign of something serious, so seek emergency veterinary care immediately.

Treatment for Muscle Weakness

Medication or oxygen therapy may be recommended by your veterinarian.

Pet Insurance

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.

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