My Dog is Walking Really Slow

I’m sure you’ve noticed that your dog has started walking a lot slower, with his head down. It’s actually quite normal and often happens early on in the disease process. If it worries you, however, talk to your vet. He’ll want to see your dog and run a series of tests.

My dog is walking really slow and looks weak

My dog is moving slow with head down

The most common reason is a pain in the neck or back area that is making him walk slowly with his head down. If he has been hit or run over by something it is possible that he has suffered an injury in this area. Check his body over carefully to see if you can find any signs of an injury, such as swelling or redness anywhere.

He could also have a problem with his vestibular system which can affect balance. Dogs with an inner ear infection will tilt their head, and walk in circles.

Some dogs will exhibit these symptoms if they have had a stroke.

If your dog has been eating normally and has no other changes in behavior (such as lethargy) then it may be nothing more than temporary stiffness from sleeping in an awkward position.

However, if he continues to show these signs or if they get worse then I would recommend having him examined by your veterinarian. He may need some pain medication to get comfortable enough so that your vet can examine him and determine what is wrong.

If he’s showing no signs of improvement after the prescribed treatment, then a trip to a veterinary neurologist might be in order for further evaluation and testing. This could include an MRI or other advanced imaging procedures to determine what is going on with him.

My dog is walking really slow and looks weak

There are many reasons a dog might be moving slowly, but the most common are infection, pain, and parasites. Illnesses such as cancer can also contribute to this symptom.

It is important to recognize other symptoms that may be present. Vomiting and diarrhea, limping, and the presence of lumps are all indications of a more serious problem.


Pain is a possible reason why your dog is not moving as quickly as they should. If your dog has arthritis or hip dysplasia, they may naturally move more slowly because of the pain associated with these conditions. Also, if your dog has been injured in any way, it can cause them to move slowly in order to avoid further injury.


Your pet may have a painful ear infection or may have an infection in their urinary system. This can cause pain and discomfort when moving around.


Tick-borne disease, heartworms, and flea infestations can cause your pet’s weakness. Also, if your dog is suffering from gastrointestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms, it can easily cause them to move slowly due to a lack of nutrients from their food intake.


If your dog has been diagnosed with cancer, it is likely that they will experience a decline in energy and movement. This can be caused by the cancer itself or by treatment options such as chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

There are many other reasons why your dog is moving slower than normal, so if you notice these symptoms occurring with your pet make sure you take them to the vet for a check-up

Why is my dog walking slow and shaking?

Many dogs shake or tremble when they are anxious or fearful. Harsh weather can also cause shaking in dogs. A warm room, a little reassurance from you, and some time should help calm your dog down.

It’s not uncommon for dogs to shake and shiver after a walk in cold weather, especially if they are short-coated and small. If the shaking doesn’t stop once your dog is inside and warmed up, call your vet right away.

The best way to tell the difference between normal shivering/shaking and something more serious is by looking at other signs and symptoms. If your dog has other symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, coughing, or sneezing along with the shaking – or if the shaking doesn’t stop within a few minutes – it’s best to call your vet right away.


If you notice that your dog is walking slowly with his head down, you should take them to see a veterinarian as soon as possible. Your vet can run tests to determine whether or not your dog has any underlying medical conditions that might be causing their behavior.

A vet checkup is always advisable in such cases. In most cases, it is a minor issue that can be solved easily by medication.

It’s also possible that your dog is experiencing joint pain or stiffness from arthritis or other degenerative diseases. He may not be able to walk well due to this pain and discomfort. Some senior dogs also suffer from cognitive dysfunction which can cause them to appear confused or disoriented at times.

Always keep an eye on your pet. A little observation goes a long way in understanding your beloved friend. I hope this article has helped you find out the reasons behind your dog walking slow with head down.

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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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