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What is Restless at Night?

Although sleepless nights are common when it comes to new puppies or younger dogs, the restlessness will usually die down once the dog matures. However, if you notice that your dog is no longer sleeping through the night, constantly changing positions, and pacing around the room then there may be a more serious underlying issue that needs to be addressed. 

  • Dementia
  • Pain
  • Anxiety 

More often than not, restless sleep is a temporary issue and can be resolved easily. Often, it can be a case of excess energy which can be addressed by providing your dog with more exercise opportunities. Sometimes the restlessness will be due to environmental changes and the restlessness may cease once your dog has adjusted to them. However, if you notice that the behavior persists, you will want to visit a veterinarian in order to diagnose the underlying problem.

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Why Restless at Night Occurs in Dogs

Restless sleep is most commonly seen in puppies and younger dogs, especially after a big change or if sleeping arrangements are in a hot room. However, there can be more serious medical conditions, like kidney disease, that may be affecting your dog’s sleep. Other causes may be dementia, pain, or anxiety. 

Dementia 

As dogs age, they have the potential of getting dementia. This condition is especially common in middle aged to much older dogs and one of the first signs is restless sleep. When sleeplessness from dementia occurs, it is categorized as a behavioral issue, meaning that diagnosis of the problem can be somewhat difficult. A trip to the vet will be required in order to receive blood work, urinalysis, and a physical examination in order to determine the best course of action for helping your dog. If the diagnosis is dementia, medication can be used to help ease the symptoms, but there is no cure. 

Pain

Just like with humans, restless sleep can occur when the dog is in pain and no longer has the distractions of the day to take its mind off the issue. Pain can come from a number of different things:

  • Bug bites
  • Hot spots
  • Itchy skin
  • Arthritis 
  • Cancer 

It is important to get your dog to the vet for a checkup in order to rule out any of these issues. Once the source of the pain has been taken care of, a more peaceful night’s sleep may be achieved. 

Anxiety 

An anxious and stressed dog will have an extremely difficult time falling asleep. Pacing and frequent repositioning will most likely occur, especially in older dogs. There are many reasons why your dog may feel anxious, perhaps a big change in the home or a medical issue that has drastically affected it’s life. Even relatively non stressful events can cause anxiety in an older dog.

Additionally, as a dog ages, his bladder may become less able to function as it once did. Take your pet out for his last bathroom break as late as you possibly can. This may serve to provide a better sleep for your companion who will feel less anxious without the need to urinate. 

With any of these issues, it is important to get medical assistance from a trusted veterinarian. They will best be able to diagnosis the underlying issue causing your dog’s restless sleep and prescribe any medication needed to help ease the symptoms.

What to do if your Dog is Restless at Night

Whether your dog is experiencing a restless night at a young age or an old age, it is best to ask your vet for a thorough examination to rule out any harmful underlying issues. All medical issues should be taken care of first, and after everything else is ruled out, you can then work on retraining your dog to a proper sleep cycle. 

Often, sensory changes affect a dog’s ability to sleep well, such as eyesight failure or hearing disorders. By creating an environment for your dog that is dark and quiet, it may help to set the sleep cycle back to normal. If your dog is a puppy, using devices such as running water or a ticking clock can help to soothe the restless pup and provide a comforting environment in order to promote sleep. Getting plenty of exercise throughout the day will also help ensure a sleepy and happy dog.

Prevention of Restless at Night

One of the best ways to ensure your dog gets a full and restful sleep is to get plenty of exercise. Too much left over energy at the end of the day will make it difficult for your dog to get to sleep quickly. Provide a quiet, cool space for your dog to sleep in. 

If a more serious medical issue is causing the restlessness, be sure to follow your vet’s instructions accurately according to whatever the diagnosis may be. 

Never assume that age is the underlying issue for restless sleep. If you notice a constant issue with your dog’s sleep cycle, get your pet to the vet as soon as possible in order to determine the cause. Problems such as cancer, liver disease, and dementia can be truly detrimental to the overall quality of your dog’s life and will need to be addressed immediately.

Cost of Restless at Night

Treatment for pain from cancer has an average cost of over $10,000 depending on the severity. If your dog is diagnosed with dementia, the expense for therapy and medication may be around $350.

Restless at Night Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Vaca
pit bull terrier
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have a 14 year old Pit Bull/ Pointer mix. Last week, my other dog who was with her for 12 years, died. She was there when my other dog died. She had no immediate reaction, but starting a week later, she has started to circle and pace endlessly as soon as I go to sleep.
She has always slept at any time that she was inside and has never had trouble sleeping through the night. I assume that this is her reaction to the death, but I don't know what to do to help her through it. Any suggestions would be helpful.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your reaction. I do think that pets mourn the loss of their friends. It would be a good idea to have Vaca examined by a veterinarian to make sure that she is physically healthy before assuming that she is mourning your other dog, and if your veterinarian determines that she is healthy and doesn't have any worrisome conditions, she might benefit from more attention, walking at her own pace, and possibly short term anti-anxiety medications. I hope that she is okay.

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miko
Cavachon
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

pacing milling restless insomnia

I am at the point of tears from lack of sleep. I have a 5 yr old cavachon who has always been very needy and hyper,but basically bright, charming and lovable. since the beginning of Dec, he has started with insomnia. he will fall asleep with me on the recliner at night watching tv. As soon as I get up to use the bathroom, he is up and that is it. paces, milling, back and forth in every room. He will jump up on the bed and sleep for a few minutes but then jumps off and repeats this behavior. I have had him to the vet twice. he has had his anal ducts expressed first time, which helped temporarily. he has been put on 1 mg of melatonin. Plus a composure pro chewy at dinner. Nothing helps. I had him back at the vet this week, his anal ducts were expressed again as he has been scooting his butt on the floor and turning around to look at his butt. The vet said it appeared he has infected anal ducts now and is on probiotic and antibiotic cefpodoxime 100 mg 1/2 tab once daily for 10 days.last night was just horrible with his pacing and milling. he seems to want to sleep but he will suddenly jump up and then it begins. Friends have said to crate him, but I think this will just make him very anxious. I'm exhausted and at the end of my rope.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Miko, I am not sure if his anal glands are the reason for his insomnia, or not - it would seem that they would be a problem during the day as well and not just at night if that were true? Melatonin is a good sleep/wake stabilizer, but can take a while to take effect, and doesn't always have a dramatic effect. It might help to make sure that he gets a lot of exercise during the day, with walks and activity, so that he will sleep better at night. It may also help to start him on an anti-anxiety medication until he is over this strange behavior and back into a more normal sleep cycle Your veterinarian can discuss options with you regarding those medications, as I do not know Miko's general health status otherwise. I hope that you are able to get some relief soon, and that those suggestions might help.

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Hudson
Lab/Chow mix
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Won’t drink
Aggression
Not sleeping
Pacing

Last week, he got into a fight over food with the other dog. And he tried to keep his distance from him. Now (a week later), they can stand each other, but last night Hudson paced all night long and would not go to sleep. He will pace, then sit, and then finally lay down for 30 seconds but then he gets back up and repeats it. He was holding his bladder and wouldn’t pee in our yard, but finally peed on a walk today. The only way he is getting fluids is by adding water and chicken broth to his wet/dry food.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure from the information that you provided if Hudson is in the same house as the other dog, or not? If they are having problems in the same house, it might be best to consult your veterinarian, as I cannot diagnose anything over email. If your veterinarian can not solve the problem, they will be able to offer a referral to a trainer to make sure that everybody in the hose can get along, before things escalate. I hope that everyone does well!

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Raven
Catahoula mix
9 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Restless
exhausted
tossing

I have a 9 month old Catahoula mix. We have had her for 5 months. Since day 1, she will not sleep through the night. She tosses and turns. Can't stay laying down. Jumps off and on the bed. She gets over 2 hours of running and playing at the dog park every day. Her last meal is given hours before bed and no treats in between other than a sleep/ calming aid before bed. Water is taken away 2 hours before bed. She is also at work with me most days(I work at a vet hospital). My vet has thrown his hands up as he doesn't know what else to do since I've done all recommendations he has told me with exercise/feeding instructions. We are getting a 2nd opinion this weekend. It is not just taking a toll on us, but on her as well. She wakes up with what looks like bags under her eyes most morning. We've given up all hope of ever sleeping through the night again.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally when you keep a dog active all day and exercise them well they will sleep throughout the night without incident; I am sure you have followed the instruction of your Veterinarian and also used some common sense as well. Two main factors of restlessness at night are stress and pain, I am sure that pain has been ruled out already so it may be that Raven is not comfortable or is hearing things during the night that are keeping her restless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I can sympathize with you not being able to sleep with your catahoula, we have a 20 month old male leopard catahoula and he does the exact same thing! We find that when the night get's really bad to put him in a kennel near our bed, he likes the closeness of being near us at night and the security of his kennel. We feel bad about putting him in a kennel at night because he is in one during the day due to us working, but I think he has higher stress issues with what he hears at night and not being protected by his kennel. give it a try.

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Riggins
Mix
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Trembles
restlessness
Pacing

My dog is around 6 years old. He normally will sleep through the night however the last couple of weeks he gets up in the early hours of the morning and "tries to get comfortable" but can't and then he starts to tremble. I have tried making him more comfortable by putting "his" blanket down or making sure he is close to me. Finally I laid on the couch with him and he fell right asleep and didn't move the rest of the night until my alarm went off in the morning. Once he moved to the couch he stop trembling and stays asleep.
I am not sure if this is anxiety or something else?

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It may be anxiety, or fear, or pain. Without seeing him, I cannot comment on which it might be. It would be worth a visit to your veterinarian, describe what is happening with him, and he can be examined. If he doesn't seem painful, your veterinarian may be able to prescribe a mild sedative or anti-anxiety medication that will help him if he is anxious or fearful. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Charlie
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Panting, wide eyes.

My youngest dog, Charlie, CKC spaniel, can be very restless at night. he sleeps on our bed, with Gino our rescue CKC spaniel. He can be ok during the day, sometimes go’s up to bed with my husband, before Gino and I, when I go to bed he starts licking the duvet, trying to lick Gino and generally is up and down all night, other nights he is fine, the licking though is getting worse. He’s 2 1/2 and we’ve had him since he was a pup, Gino is 5 a rescue who we have had for 10 months

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. One thing that might help with his restlessness at night is to make sure that he isn't sleeping all day, as dogs sometimes do! Concentrated walks during the day, and befroe bed, might make him tired enough that he sleeps through the night with you. Alternatively, he may be in need of anti-anxiety medication, but without examining him I can't say for sure - your veterinarian would be able to examine him and prescribe medication if that is the route that you need to go with him. I hope the extra walking helps.

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Hennessy
German Shepherd Dog
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

restlessness
Pacing

Our 11 year old GSD has been pacing relentlessly for the past few evenings. Up until it’s time for us to go to bed, he’s fine - the usual antics, from napping and playing and peeing regularly as he always does. But as soon as we get into bed, the restlessness starts - he frequently paces, cannot stay still for more than a few minutes, and then will pace, moving between room to room where we are. Occasionally, when I have heard him go quiet, I have gotten up to find him simply standing in the hallway, panting gently but not much else, staring off at something that isn’t there. I’ll let him out to take care of any business, but he’ll come back in as usual after going, with nothing out of the ordinary. It’s worth noting that four weeks ago he had a surgery on his forehead to remove a fairly large growth of melanoma that would bleed, but since then, he has slept through the night without a problem. His behaviour during the day has been totally normal, and he’s responded well to having guests in the house. Typically, if he is restless, we associate it with being windy outside as this typically gets to him but the weather has been remarkably still since this issue began. This issue has only started within the last four nights but has been noticeably persistent. What could this be?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These issues are always difficult to get to the bottom of; there may be something new in the house which is bothering him during the night: this may be a new piece of furniture, some new smell or something may have happened a few nights ago which is causing him distress when you go to sleep as he may no longer feel ‘safe’. I doubt that there is anything medically wrong with Hennessy as you would see the behaviour throughout the day, this is most likely a behavioural issue and find out what may have changed since Monday may help you to understand what is happening. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have an 8 year old Lab-Collie Mix and she has been doing the same thing, She is perfectly fine all day... plays with the kids and everything then as soon as it gets dark she starts pacing and shaking. She goes from room to room and continues this through the night. We are having difficulty getting sleep for work.

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Lucia
Lhasa Apso
13
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I recently moved in with my boyfriend into an apartment and his dog came with us. She is a 13 year old laspa opsa. She has never slept in his bed before and has always slept in her own bed. She has been fine the first month of us moving in and slept in her own bed in our room but the past two nights she has been waking up out of her at around 2am and pacing/wining/crying to come in the bed with us. What could this be?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what could be causing these behavioural changes with Lucia as there may be noises, smells or something else which is causing her to be uneasy; when she is pacing you should pick her up and place her back in her bed whilst comforting her that everything is OK. If she was alright for a month, you should try to look for any changes which occurred two days ago which may explain this behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Einstein
West Highland White Terrier (Westie)
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

allergies
Pacing at Night
Frequent Urination at Night
Crying at Night

Medication Used

Cytopoint

Einstein has severe skin allergies (flea allergy) and this year has been the worst it has ever been. It has been a battle with ear infections, constant itching, skin infections (bacterial and yeast). We've seen multiple vets, spent hundreds in visits, medications, washes, and everything in between. Nothing helped at all as soon as he stopped taking the round of antibiotics/antifungal, he'd have another start up again. It had gotten so bad that he had lost his most of his fur on his lower body and hind legs.

We finally had a vet give him an injection of Cytopoint and an antibiotic injection about four weeks ago. His fur has almost completely grown back and he hasn't been itching at all. However, when we were trying to find something to work, it was suggested that he should stay out of rooms with carpet as one flea bite will send him into an itching attack. Einstein has slept in my room on the floor under my bed all of the time I've had him (almost 7 years), he follows me around everywhere and where I am, he is at my feet. Since I have not been allowing him in my bedroom at night and set up his bed in the living room, he has started pacing at night, crying every couple of hours to go out and now he is having to urinate every hour and a half or so. He doesn't have accidents during the day or cry. If I stay up late on the weekends and leave my door open, he has no problems. But when everyone goes to bed during the week, he will cry, pace to go outside. He has piddled two or three times over the last 4 months.

In February, full bloodwork was done and urinalysis. Everything was normal except for these three that were above average: MCH (26.600 pg), Basophil (1.400 %), and Globulin (4.800 g/dL) which I was told it was due to an infection in both ears and on his skin. I'm at the end of my rope because no one is sleeping, and we don't know what to do.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem is that Einstein is thinking he is being punished by not letting him sleep in your room which is making him anxious as it is a change to a routine that he has had for years; there is no quick fix, you should try placing him in his bed when you go to sleep and praise him for being good (by going to his bed) and then leave him there; if he follows you, you should repeat the same process. It can be tedious but you need to change his habit, alternatively you could spray the whole carpet with fipronil spray on a regular basis (every few months) or remove the carpet. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ozzy
Boxweiler
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Hi, ive got a 6 month old boxweiler (1/6th rottweiler the rest boxer), every time i take him downstairs to go to bed, he fusses, whines, paces, wants to go outside 3-5 times, i have him sleeping in my bed since i got him, its the same result if i go to bed at the same time or not, he used to be calm, and sleep through the night. When he fell asleep i could leave, and he would see me leave and go back to sleeping, i left on music in a low volume, but for the last month or so, its always a hassle to get him to relax, ive tried everything ive read about, taking him on long walks, mental stimuli with toys and training, with pretty much same result.In the living room upstairs he seems to be able to calm down and sleep. If i take him in to my bedroom or my downstairs living room, he takes forever to settle down. Worst case scenario he doesnt fall asleep until almost 4 am... ive ordered from the pharmacy something called adaptil, a sort of pheromone spray to calm down dogs to new enviroments and fireworks and sorts. If this doesnt help...what should i do? My social life and things i need to do is taking its toll from this, so i need my pup to sleep. As far as i know, hes in no pain. He might be growing out his final teeth,maybe thats an issue... I give him plenty of chewtoys and rawhide bones. Sometimes he wont calm down until i hold him down firm but gently. This only occurs in the first floor, at night.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the issue is only occurring in certain places (your first floor), then the problem is more likely behavioural than anything else; there is no quick fix or a one-fit-all solution to these problems. I would try to keep him in areas where he is comfortable, but there is a risk that the problem may develop there as well; I would try the pheromone spray to see if there is any effect, but you should look for any possible changes or triggers which may be causing this behaviour in certain rooms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cody
Cheeks
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

We have a 6 years old cheek. He has been crying all night long, sometimes he barks too, we get up let him out the put him back in his bed and he continues to cry or bark, he sleeps all day and seems very calm, I don't see any symptoms of pain or discomfort , he only cries during the night, not sure what is going on, I need advice, we are all tired from not sleeping well with him crying all night.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If he is sleeping all day, he is probably bored all night and is crying for attention; you should try to keep him busy during the day when you’re home on weekends to try and shift his sleep pattern back to yours, if you keep him awake during the day logic dictates that he should sleep during the night. I doubt there is anything medically wrong if he gets plenty of rest, just boredom. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gator
Jack Russell Terrier
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have a 14 yr old Jack Russell Terrier. Gator is loosing his hearing and site, and lately he has become very restless at night. I get up and let him out. He comes back to bed, but then gets up again and paces the room. We keep the room dark and cool and he has a choice of our bed or his own.
Any suggestions.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Restlessness may be caused by numerous causes which may be behavioural or medical in origin, it is possible that he is in some pain or discomfort and is unable to find his place. Another possible cause may be due to his loss of hearing making him more suspicious of any noise that he hears; I would visit your Veterinarian to check him over to make sure that there is nothing medically wrong. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Levi
pit bull terrier
26 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

We have a 26monrh old long legged pit bull who for the last week or so has had very restless nights. His stomach makes the strangest noises and he battles with flatulence. His eyes seem to be glassy and watery. He seems anxious and seeks a lot of attention during the night. He prefers sitting in an upright position and stares at me while I try and sleep.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Levi may be having some stomach pain or discomfort which may explain the noises from the stomach, flatulence and the sitting position (relieves pressure on the stomach). It would be useful to review his diet and and possibly move him over to a sensitive diet which you should feed smaller portions every six hours to prevent the stomach from being empty. Other possible causes may be parasites, gastric ulcers, infection, other sensitivities, pancreatic disorders among others; if you see no improvement, you should visit your Veterinarian for a once over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jesse
Pomeranian
9 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression
Frequent Urination

My 9 week puppy Jesse is very restless. She usually sleeps straight away if put in her playpen after an hour or so of play. Right now she is very restless and bites everything she sees and what really has me worried is that she has peed 6x in the last hour and they are of reasonable volume unlike when I first got her.

When put in her playpen she runs around hitting the mesh walls and trying to dig?

I don't know what to do and my vet is away for a week or so and the emergency pet hospital has a hefty fee.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given Jesse’s age, I cannot recommend that you take her out to disperse some energy as she won’t be fully vaccinated; this behaviour may be caused by a few different causes which may include wanting attention, anxiety, hyperthyroidism, head trauma or inadequate stimulation. Without examining Jesse, I cannot really suggest anything to do apart from letting her get worn out; conditions like hyperkinesis usually present later in life and are uncommon. If Jesse is going to hurt herself I would suggest going to the Emergency Clinic regardless of cost, otherwise keep a close eye on her and wait for your Veterinarian to return. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/hyperkinesis

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Penny
Mix
1
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Whining

Hi there, the past two nights our dog has been restless at night. She is in dog day care all day, and snoozes while we are at home, but at night struggles to sleep. She will whine and change positions, and go to multiple places in our apartment to find somewhere to sleep.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You may need to change Penny’s sleeping pattern, by keeping her busy for a few days whilst you’re at home will hopefully lead to her sleeping during the night; it may sound simple but it may help. There is not likely to be anything medically wrong, just needs to rest later in the day. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Basil
Greyhound
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Insomnia

Medication Used

Fluoxetine

We have a 4 year old greyhound, been with us 3 months. When he first arrived told he has severe noise phobia, but after a while we think it was actually fear of new places. Was on 2 medications, pexion and fluoxetine. He's now been weaned off both, fluoxetine stopped 2 weeks ago. He's become very restless at night, digging at bedding, washing very noisily! Wanting to go out, pacing, chewing chews etc. It doesn't seem to be anxiety, more like he's just not sleepy and wants to play. It's very tiring! We have adjusted temperatures, bedding etc, no difference. We are going to add an extra walk in before bedtime, to tire him out more. Is this likely to be side effect of coming off medication? He's doing great otherwise, but we are exhausted as though we have a newborn baby at night!! He's sleeps like the dead for his daytime naps!

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Of course he sleeps well during the day, he is too busy at night; Greyhounds have a lot of energy but they use up the energy usually in short bursts (like the 100m at the Olympics) as opposed to the London Marathon, the Greyhound Trust in the United Kingdom suggest two twenty minute walks per day is usually sufficient for most Greyhounds although this information varies from other sources. Planned weaning of the medications should prevent any issues from coming off the medications; it is probably going to be a case of keeping him busy all day everyday for a few days to tire him out to shift his sleep pattern a bit, there doesn’t seem to be anything medically wrong. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.greyhoundtrust.org.uk/rehome-a-greyhound/greyhounds-as-pets

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Bryan Blue
Labrador Retriever
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Groaning limping panting

I have a very fit 12-1/2 yr old 70# chocolate lab with excessive & constant panting from pain. He has an old leg trauma as well as hip dysplasia and the vet gave me an anti-inflammatory and tramadol to help. It knocks him out for most of the day. He can eat & drink normal; he has some issues going to bathroom, like he can't hold the position for the entire time, but manages to complete after 2 or 3 attempts. The only time he seems at peace is when he is sleeping on his $100 dog bed. Is this a good quality of life cause it breaks my heart every day and is sending me into a deep depression?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be difficult to determine whether it is time for your friend, seeing them in pain is always heart breaking but it can be difficult to determine the actual amount of pain Bryan Blue is in as dogs may hide a lot of the pain they are suffering. You know him more than anyone and you will be able to see if he is comfortable or not; these types of cases where chronic pain is the issue (as opposed to a severe medical problem) can be very difficult to evaluate since he may have good days and bad days. It may be worth looking at some old photos of him and seeing the differences with today as some people mention that it helps them get a perspective. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chico
pitbull
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

None

It's 2:30 am and my dog has been up and down and won't stay still. He keeps trying to cuddle with me and the next goes away and comes back and goes away. He was panting and now he's not. I took him outside, but when he came back in he was doing it again. I'm not sure what to do as our vets are very expensive and if it's not necessary I don't want to have to take him in as he doesn't like the vet and always tried to bite them.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes dogs, like humans, will have a restless night; my dog kept walking on my hardwood floors all night a few nights ago. Behaviour, stress, noises (they can hear better than us), pain and other causes may lead to restlessness; if Chico isn’t showing any other symptoms and isn’t in any distress, I would keep an eye on him but if symptoms present or this lasts more that a night or two, take him to see your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi there, my dog has a lovely temperament and gets at least three walks a day. We also take him out before we go to bed. Recently, though, he has been messing in the kitchen pretty much every night and is whining and struggling to get to sleep. He hasn't done this since he was a pup. He's also scratching himself a lot. We do have a new baby in the family, which I feel may have contributed to this change in behaviour, but before I go to the vets I would appreciate your thoughts on this!

I should qualify, it's not that we've not been to the vets for these issues - we have. Its just so expensive and, whilst I would pay anything to help my baby, money's tight so thought I'd seek advice here, on what seems like a knowledgeable forum, first :)

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