Q. My Maltese is almost 14 yrs olfd and is sleeping most of the time nowadays and is active only when I take her out for a walk. Is that normal?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. As your pet ages, they may become less active and sleep a lot more. However, if your dog appears painful at all, or is having trouble getting through her daily routine, it may be best to schedule a senior wellness exam with your vet. They can check for common aging-relating problems such as arthritis which can slow your pet down, and can offer some help to get your dog back on her feet.