When a Pom acts tired and down in the dumps and all health issues have been ruled out, it may be due to a change in the environment. This can be anything that has disrupted the Pom's normal routine and what he/she considers to be their 'life'. This can be a move to a new house or other element that disrupts a normal schedule. In many cases, this will be a change in the make-up of the dog's 'pack'. Examples are if a family member (human or animal) is no longer in the home, if a new family member has started living in the house or even if a favorite playmate such as a neighbor's dog is no longer available to interact with.
Dogs are emotional creatures and the Pomeranian breed is can become very attached to others. Therefore, if someone or something is no longer there, a Pom may be depressed and missing the relationship. If this is the case, it is important to note that things do often get better with time. Losing another dog or a main caretaker can be exceedingly rough on a dog and there is often a period of mourning. A Pom may whine, have no interest in activities, have a decreased appetite and want to sleep all day.
Time does heal and as days pass by memories will fade somewhat and most dogs eventually return to normal behavior. One thing that can help an unmotivated, lethargic and depressed dog is to introduce a new activity that has never been done before. Whether this is a walk along a river bank, playing in a children's pool outside on a summer's day or a trip to the local pet supply store to choose some new toys, an experience of something novel can perk up a Pom's mood and help him focus on something other than the thing that is making him sad.
While the most common reasons for a Pomeranian acting tired are related to some sort of health problem or a change in the house such as the departure of a family member, there are some instances when a Pom mimics the general mood of his owner or the general vibe of the household. And owners do not need to be outwardly depressed or feeling down. Dogs have an incredible sense of their human's moods and can pick up vibes without any words spoken at all. If there are stressors, health problems or other issues that are causing an owner to feel under the weather, this can eventually cause a dog to react to that with altered behavior.
Another possibility is if the household is having problems such as lots of arguing or yelling. This can be very upsetting to a dog and the response may be retreating and curling up. In these cases, it can appear to be an issue of being lethargic when in fact the Pomeranian is responding to the turmoil.
Lethargy with Senior Pomeranians
Older Poms will have a gradual slowing down and because this happens progressively owners may not notice until there is a striking difference in resting and sleeping needs compared to the dog's younger self. Due to a lowered metabolism, senior dogs
need fewer calories to fuel the body so there is often a lowered food intake as well. Arthritis may cause the senior dog to have trouble sleeping, which causes him to nap more during the day. With this said, sudden weakness is not a normal part of the aging process. There are many health issues common with older dogs that will cause the dog to be tired. This includes diabetes, arthritis and tooth infection. Far too many seniors are silently suffering and not receiving proper veterinary care because owners pass off lethargy as normal behavior once a dog reaches a certain age.
Any noticeable changes in behavior, eating, exercise tolerance and/or activity levels should be reported to the veterinarian.
Severe Depression and Listlessness
Some dogs can experience a funk that goes beyond acting tired. This will include changes in behavior such as cowering under a bed
and other serious symptoms including a marked decrease in appetite that may even lead to weight loss. If a dog is acting this way it is always vital rule out health issues and look to the household environment to see if any changes can be made.
In very rare cases, canines can be diagnosed with clinical depression. When it is so severe that it interferes with a dog's quality of life, medication intervention may be recommended. Some common medicines that are used to treat this include Paxil, Prozac or Zoloft. Most dogs respond quickly and can be weaned off medication after 6 to 9 months.