Thank you for looking into it. However, Activyl is what my agency purchases and provides for my partner. Anything else (currently) would come out of my pocket to try. So, for the time being, when I get back to work, I'm going to see how he's acting, if he's still acting lethargic, I'll assume it's the kenneling problem.Your original post prompted me to look up the side effects of indoxacarb and I found little if anything which would connect the dots. As long as the dose is within reason, any side effects seemed to be minimal especially since it is used topically. Ingestion of indoxacarb is a different story however, maladies such as anemia, weight loss and ataxia are possible.I'm surprised no one gave a thought about the flea and tick, Activyl, we use as I think that also plays into his demeanor.
I guess if it were me and you didn't previously use Activyl, I would use a different product with fipronil or some other brand which doesn't contain indoxacarb. I suppose you have to start somewhere and since you have a hunch this might play into the situation at hand, I'd nix the Activyl. Wouldn't it be nice if it ends up being that easy. I'm guessing you probably have already pursued this course or will when the next dosage is due.
But if he's happy, got his energy back and continues to work well, I'll advise my supervisors about the issue or even try using half the dosage to see if affects him the same. If the half dosage does still affect him, or causes fleas/ticks, I'll advise my supervisor that the Activyl is causing this issue with him and will need to be placed on another brand.
Thank you for your suggestions. He does get plenty of down time during our shift when it's slow so I'd say he at minimum gets more than 30 minutes of rest. He never gets worked more than 20 minutes at a time, with plenty of cool water on his breaks. Sometimes though, I feel like it creates an overlapping issue when given breaks.When the place is that crowded then there's a huge chance that your dog might be stress, I would also suggest you allow him to rest atleast half an hour during his duty. Dog also get tired and with the kind of environment that he has comes the fact that he will immediately get tired even if his on work which won't be good. I would suggest that you buy him a crate mad or pad so that he will have comfortable place to sleep, you can find cheap beds on good quality at pet street mall if you don't have a time to visit the nearest pet store. What did the vet said after the check up? How was your K9 doing now?
For example: Get to work, work 20 minutes, given a 10-15 break. Get back to work, he's a little tired from relaxing in his break, doesn't work that well for the next 10-20 minutes. Given another 10-15 break, he's even more tired from relaxing/cat napping on his break, doesn't work well for 10-15 minutes. And the vicious cycle continues until our shift is over and by the end of shift he's dragging ass, even after an easy day.
The vet said everything looked good on his annual check up. Of course he wasn't going to display his lethargic temperament at the vet's office as it had all sorts of different smells and it was a new place for him. However, I told the vet about his tiredness and she asked about ticks. I said about 3 months back I found 2 ticks on him, which she did a blood test and everything came out normal.
My K9 still acts the way I've been describing. I'll look into lining the kennel floor with a rubber mat if him trying to use a bed doesn't work.