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Hey everyone,

I have a question. Brady spent the weekend with his new cousin Daisy, as 12 week old chocolate lab. The two had a great time, and hardly stopped playing all weekend. We went for a nice walk yesterday, and they even got to go swimming. Daisy left to go home around 4 yesterday afternoon. Since Daisy left, Brady has been unusually lethargic. He seems fine when we go outside, but inside all he does is lay around. My first instinct tells me that he’s exhausted from the weekend, and maybe even sad that his playmate is gone. The only reason I’m so concerned is because I pulled 3 attached ticks off Brady 2 weeks ago. The timing is so coincidental that I’m thinking he must just be exhausted/missing his friend, but part of me says to let the vet check him out. What would you do in this situation? How long would you give him before calling the vet? Thanks everyone! This is my first puppy so I get nervous easily!
 

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Let him sleep today, call the vet tomorrow if he doesn't pick up!

we thought our guy was sick as he slept an entire sunday but then realized we took him with us all weekend, with no normal naps.
 

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You right, he's probably tired, but with the history of tick bites I would have him vet checked
 

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The puppy I'm looking after spent three days at work, playing with his brother and other dogs getting socialized.... he was up first thing this morning, had breakfast, needed a quick bath and hasn't made a peep for hours, he's sleeping in his crate being very good!

If it continues I'd get him checked out, but let him sleep for today and see how it goes...

Lana
 

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Keep a close eye. If his energy rebounds, don't sweat it. If he stays lethargic after today, or if he develops a limp, to the vet you go. If you live in a TBD area, it doesn't hurt to get a SNAP 4Dx test and rule out the big three tick diseases.
 

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I would also advise giving it a day to see whether Brady is just tired. When we go away for the weekend or have a couple of days when Rookie is particularly active, he's always knocked out for a day or so afterward. If Brady is still a bit lethargic tomorrow, then I would say a trip to the vet is in order.
 

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I know when Hank's brother comes to play he's usually zonked that evening. His brother has been here all day and they are both sleeping on the porch as I type.
 

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I think he's just tired also. Ike has done exactly as you describe. He pouts and is lethargic after a friend goes home whether they've played hard or not. Of course you should get tested for TBD is he remains listless. My Sam had lyme and it presented as a random lameness in his right front leg, no lethargy though.
 

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Our Penny had a tick borne disease last March. She too was lethargic. I described it as seeming 'old'. Then she had trouble managing her hindquarters. She went to the vet immediately. Her symptoms came within a couple of days of finding the tick. It was a regular Dog Tick, not a deer tick.

He should be back to his old self in the morning. If not, get to the vet.

Good wishes coming your way.
 
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