Our normally happy-go-slappy miniature dachshund
just started exhibiting some odd behavior
. He's acting depressed, tail between legs
, will cry or whimper for no apparent reason, yelp when we go to pick him up (typically before we actually touch him), not interested in running after his beloved ball anymore, shaking.... He's always been extremely loved and well cared for and never acted submissive, mopey, or fearful before. He'll still eat, drink, accept treats
, and play
outside but when inside will immediately go to his crate instead of staying by our side like normal. It started happening just after a fairly bad storm and while I was away on a long weekend (my husband who he adores was home with him) at first we just attributed it to the storm or him missing me but this bizarre behavior has just continued and possibly intensified. We're not sure what to do and can't necessarily afford an expensive vet visit when he's not really acting like he's in pain.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The noise must be worrying. I'll connect you to the Veterinarian. What is the dachshund's name and age?
Customer: Charlie and almost 4 - he's got his sister from the same litter that will curl up with him and she's acting normal but he's acting almost lethargic but will still wag his tail and play with her when outside
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Charlie?
Customer: I don't know... He's just normally so happy and never seems to get down and it's really startling to see him like this