Why My Dog Is Restless At Night & 3 Must-Know Dog Calming Tips
While it's not uncommon for new puppies and younger dogs to be found restless at night, it usually tends to die down once a dog matures. Most often that now it can be due to a hot room temperature or excess energy - all of which can be easily resolved with some slight basic adaptations below.
Make sure to keep your windows open where your dogs sleep for extra air flow; sometimes even having a small oscillating fan can go a long way - especially for south african dogs. Regular walks at the park go a long way too; it will help release energy while also increasing serotonin, the happy chemical - in both you & your pup.
Sometimes dog beds can also play a role in the lack of sleep or overheating your pup; or not providing a space where they have a sense of safety & security.
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However, if you notice that behaviour persists and for a couple of nights, and your furry friend can't sleep throughout the night and is constantly changing positions, or even pacing the room - there may be some more serious underlying problems like chronic pain, anxiety or even canine dementia - that should be diagnosed & addressed ASAP by a veterinarian close by. Here are 3 Reasons Why Your Dog Is Restless At Night & 3 Must-Know Dog Calming Tips!
1. Canine Dementia
This condition is especially common in older & more mature dogs and one of the first signs can be restless sleep. It's harder to diagnose due to it being seen as a behavioural issue but after a trip to the vet, some blood work, a physical examination & urinalysis - they will be able to diagnose the problem & provide the best course of action to help your dog sleep. There is no cure to canine dementia but there are medications to help ease symptoms.
2. Chronic Pain
You know when you can’t sleep at night because your neck is in spasm or you’ve tweaked your back - and sometimes you only feel at night once you are no longer distracted by your day-to-day? Well dogs are exactly like us and experience this too, and it can be from ear infections, dental disease, skin disease, arthritic, joint disease, cystitis & cancer. While the IREMIA Dog Bed can help combat chronic pain in dogs - it's best to be diagnosed & addressed ASAP by a veterinarian close by.
Anxious & stressed dogs will have an extremely difficult time falling asleep. Usually they will pace or frequently change position, especially in older dogs. There could be many reasons why your dog may feel anxious; it could be a big change in the home, the hearing of loud noises like fireworks or thunder, or a medical issue. Even relatively non stressful events can cause anxiety in some older dogs like wildlife in their garden, a new baby in the house or the need to urinate. More often than not the Anti-Anxiety IREMIA Dog Bed can help combat these feelings. The Soft long shaggy Flokati styled Faux Fur imitates a mother coat to help make them feel safe. The high donut shaped walls also provide a space for them to burrow & hide in order to feel more comfortable. Also sticking to a routine can help combat anxiety; from toilet breaks to walks in the park - a comfortable similar environment & routine helps keep anxiety to a low.
That being said - With any of these issues, it is extremely important to get a professional medical opinion from a trusted veterinarian as they will be able to diagnose the underlying issues that are causing your dogs restless sleep and provide potential solutions to help ease symptoms.