Springer spaniel who's exhausted after short walk

by Lisa
(Cotswolds, UK)

Our English springer is a 13month old bitch who has become increasingly tired since her first season at 10 months old.


Today we did our usual loop which takes 40 minutes through fields, and after the first 5-10 minutes she stopped running wildly and started to trot alongside. By the end of the walk she was frothy at the mouth and using any excuse to lie down.

It was warm today - 24 degrees, but cloudy with a breeze. She's been checked by a vet but nothing has shown up after having bloods or with the listening to the heart via stethoscope - no other checks have been made - lots of reassurance given though.

Any advice or does anyone have a springer with similar problems that may have been diagnosed?
Thanks.

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Aug 31, 2018
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Springer exhausted NEW
by: Anonymous

My springer is twelve months old and was full of engery but since we had the extreme temperatures he seems to get more exhausted after little activity. Even now when it’s not very hot he seems to get very tired after going out for only twenty minutes.

Jul 16, 2011
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Tired springer
by: Margo

My four year old male has tested positive for Lymes disease three times in the last year and a half, in varying degrees. A round of meds helps, but he doesn't have the stamina he used to have. He tires quickly, lies down frequently, and can pant for over a half hour afterwards, no matter the temperature. I now break up his exercise/play times into shorter, and more frequent, stints, which seems to help. Playing near the water is the best, since he can take his "breaks" while prancing in the lake, ball in mouth, until he's ready to play fetch again.

Jul 16, 2011
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tired springer
by: Anonymous

I think I would get a second opinion at a different vets, I have never seen my springer tired, he runs all day, but if it is warm I walk him by water so he can cool himself down by getting wet. Does your springer swim?

Jul 02, 2011
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Tired springer
by: Lisa

Hi D -
Thanks for your comments. I'll certainly try the cold water when we're on our walk - although - even with the cooler weather she's still not her usual 'energised' self - I hope it's a passing phase.
Will keep you posted.
Once again, thanks,
Lisa.

Jul 02, 2011
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Had the same problem
by: D


I have two Springers, male & female, my bitch doesn't deal with heat well at all.She would act the same as you describe on walks or if we're at the park she goes and lays down in the long grass or under a tree while our Dog ran about daft as usual.
we solved it by taking them on their longer walks early in the morning before it got warm and at night when it stated to cool down. during the day we'd only do 10/15 min around the block.

also in the summer we always take some chilled water with us, even if they don't drink it pouring some on their neck helps cool them down.

Jun 30, 2011
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by: Michele

I'm wondering if when you first got your dog if you started out with a 40 minute walk....

Dogs, just like people need to be introduced to exercise. I wonder if 40 minutes might just be too long at this point. Why don't you try two 20 minute walks and see how that works. If your Springer handles that well, after a week or so, increase your time by about 10 minutes.

You did the right thing having her checked out at the vet. Now that you know she has no medical problems of concern you can feel better.

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