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My 3 year old shihzuh sleeps from 8 pm to 7 am which is

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My 3 year old shihzuh sleeps from 8 pm to 7 am which is great. He also will sleep soundly much of the day. He'll go out for a walk around 8 a.m, eat, then goes back to sleep for much of the day. I've taken him to the vet to see if he's OK and there's no health concern. He's not a walker...stops and sniffs at every piece of grass. Is this normal? He can sleep away most of the day.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

Although it is not normal per se it can be a variation of normal for him. As long as he is not overweight, eating well, normal urination (they have a predisposition for certain bladder stones), and a healthy coat you should be just fine but I would encourage you to do some basic bloodwork / urinalysis on him that includes a thyroid panel and liver values since they also have a predisposition for liver shunts that can give the appearance of normal until they are ill.

If all is normal then you know you have ruled this out but if it is abnormal it might be the answer to why he is not an active 3 year old dog...

I hope this information makes sense. I have two Chihuahua's that would much rather sleep 90 % of the time (the other 10% eating) but I do get them out as you do to walk and they come to work with me for additional stimulation. I do understand what it is like to have a more relaxed dog and sometimes it really can be normal but best to ensure that is the case with your little guy

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