Why Doesn’t My Dog... Sleep at Night?


Senior dogs, or golden oldies, as I like to call them, can suffer from dementia. In dogs, we call it canine cognitive dysfunction, or CCD.

One of the common signs of CCD is a change in sleep habits. If your aging dog once slept through the night but now paces or vocalizes in the midnight hour, take him in for a veterinary evaluation. You may be surprised and happy to learn that medication may be able to help. It doesn’t work for every dog, but it’s worth a try.

Your veterinarian may also be able to suggest environmental changes that may improve your dog’s sleep-wake cycle. These include keeping him on a regular schedule for bedtime, having him sleep in a crate (if he is already crate-trained) or playing soothing music at bedtime.

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