Muscle Weakness

The pet experiences a lack of strength or muscle weakness, which is a common symptom of a vast array of illnesses in cats and dogs. Since most of the causes of muscle weakness are quite serious, it is essential that pets displaying weakness are treated right away. Common causes of muscle weakness in cats and dogs include parvovirus, heartworm disease, distemper, kennel cough and leptospirosis. Heart disease, diabetes, hypoglycemia and liver disease can also cause muscle weakness.

Muscle Weakness

How to Recognize

Signs of muscle weakness include physical exhaustion, tiring out easily, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, excessive drooling, and collapse.


Muscle weakness in your pet may be due to an infection, such as parvovirus, heartworm disease, distemper, kennel cough or leptospirosis, or a disease, such as heart disease, diabetes, hypoglycemia or liver disease.


Muscle weakness can be a sign of something serious, so seek emergency veterinary care immediately.


Medication or oxygen therapy may be recommended by your veterinarian.

Muscle Weakness Affects

  • Dogs
  • Cats

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