If your dog is not sleeping at night, chances are, you are not sleeping either! There are a handful of reasons your dog might not be sleeping at night, some more serious than others. Let’s take a look:
One – Puppy adjustment – It’s quite common for puppies, as they are getting used to new surroundings and are away from their mama and litter mates, to experience anxiety and wakefulness for awhile. It’s really tempting to allow them onto your bed, but at this stage they really need to learn crate training and a bit of independence.
Two – Itchiness – If your dog is up all night scratching, he could be suffering from allergies or skin problems. These allergies could be to food, or something in his environment or even just dry air with low humidity. Wash his bedding with a fragrance and dye free soap. If the air in your house is dry, get a humidifier.
And when you give him a bath, make sure you use products made specifically for dogs. If none of these work, it’s time to consult your vet. She can help you sort this out, including the possibility of food allergies.
Pain – If your dog is not sleeping at night, he might be in pain. Wakefulness plus panting and pacing can be signs that your dog is experiencing pain, such as arthritis.
Heart Disease – These symptoms could also be signs of heart disease. If these symptoms are accompanied by labored breathing, this could be a sign of congestive heart failure, where fluid backs up in the lungs. You should take your dog to the vet immediately if he is having trouble breathing, even if it’s in the middle of the night.
Dementia – Yes, just like humans, older dogs can suffer from dementia, only it’s called canine cognitive dysfunction or CCD in dogs. And yes, there are medications for CCD that may help. They don’t work for all dogs, but it’s certainly work consulting your veterinarian.