Jump to content

Recommended Posts

We adopted Meredith about 2.5 years ago. She is a broodie, and is almost 11 years old. 

Meredith has always been an amazing sleeper, day and night. The past two weeks that has changed entirely. 

Meredith now wakes up pretty much every hour the entire night. She gets up and digs on her bed and paces the room over and over and over. When you say her name she gets back in bed to lay down until the next round of pacing.

She is not hungry. She doesn't need to go outside for the bathroom. She could always use more exercise (can't we all?), but she doesn't like taking walks for more than 5-10 minutes at a time. There isn't anything going on in the house or neighborhood that should keep her up.

All behavior in the daytime is unchanged. Trying to solve this without medication. But we need sleep! Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

 

Katie and Meredith Grey(hound).

Link to post
Share on other sites

Could she be cold? Ours is already in his toasty winter coat as the weather has changed and the temperatures have dropped overnight here.

Living with Buddy Molly b. 5 November 2010. Welcomed home 16/6/2018 ❤️

Won 17/112 races at Romford - our champion Essex boy

Link to post
Share on other sites

:nod   :nod  :nod

As they age they do tend to feel the cold more.  We've not even had a hard frost yet and Nigel needs his fleece on overnight.

 

NSK-Winter.jpg.a6ea578c2e544932c5222b81cda3216d.jpg

Nancy...Mom to Nigel (Nigel) , Sid (Peteles Tiger) and Kibo (112 Carlota Galgos)Missing Casey, Gomer, Mona, Penelope, BillieJean, Bandit, Nixon (Starz Sammie) and especially Ruby (Watch Me Dash) waiting at the Bridge.

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

"Dogs and people with dementia often suffer from disturbances in their sleep-wake cycles. Those affected by "sundowning" sleep more during the day and remain awake, disoriented, and agitated throughout the night. Human patients with cognitive impairment become easily confused and are prone to becoming lost, while a dog with dementia may pace or wander out of the yard. These circumstances account for why people and pets with dementia must not be left unattended, especially in unfamiliar places. Dog parents must take extra precautions to ensure that their pet always has proper identification and is not able to accidentally escape from the home or property."

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the diagnosis. 

No excuses for my mental health but  How silly of me to think I stay up late and sleep during the day as I spent 35 years bartending and being a cocktail waitress from the Gusher lounge at the Holiday Inn in Ardmore, OK  
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g29976-d3195803-Reviews-Gusher_Lounge-Ardmore_Oklahoma.html
to 5 star hotels in Illinois..  Texas bars close at 2 a.m.. but in Chicago they can get a permit to stay open until 4 (5 on Saturday)  By the time we'd check out it was often 5 or later.  The good thing was that all the bartenders would sign up for 5 or 6  a.m. tee times at the public golf courses with no problem. :)  We were also known to get  beer and sit on the curb for two hours between 5 and 7 a,m,. until Rossi's opened again.  
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g35805-d4731627-Reviews-Rossi_s_Liquors-Chicago_Illinois.html

Edited by Hubcitypam
gallery_8149_3261_283.jpg
Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Beachbum1 said:

"Dogs and people with dementia often suffer from disturbances in their sleep-wake cycles. Those affected by "sundowning" sleep more during the day and remain awake, disoriented, and agitated throughout the night. Human patients with cognitive impairment become easily confused and are prone to becoming lost, while a dog with dementia may pace or wander out of the yard. These circumstances account for why people and pets with dementia must not be left unattended, especially in unfamiliar places. Dog parents must take extra precautions to ensure that their pet always has proper identification and is not able to accidentally escape from the home or property."

Talk to your vet. Senalife might help, might not. It sounds like dimentia It affects your quality of life more than her's. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi there. I'm sorry about Meredith. I live in the upper Midwest and I ALWAYS cover my hounds at night w/lightweight blankies/throws from fall through spring. Sometimes they get hot and rearrange in their dog beds but I believe older dogs appreciate the added warmth.

Also I adopted a senior hound a number of years ago, but sadly after his two senior houndmates passed away, he was EXTREMELY distressed and I realized didn't hear all that well. Then there were a few consecutive weekends where he was up ALL NIGHT until dawn. Crying, panting, pacing (probably sundowning) -- it was heartbreaking. He was 13. So I finally had to say goodbye. He was so distraught.

I would start with a blankie or coat and go from there. Good luck!

Edited by IndyandHollyluv
Link to post
Share on other sites

Definitely time for a vet visit to discuss canine cognitive disfunction.  It can come on gradually or suddenly, and can be very scary for everyone.

 

Pam -   :rolleyes:  -  I'm pretty sure the diagnosis quote was for the OP and not aimed at you.  :rolleyes: 

Chris - Mom to: Lilly, Felicity (DeLand), and Andi (Braska Pandora)

35764734494_93de5b5963_b.jpg

Angels: Libby (Everlast), Dorie (Dog Gone Holly), Dude (TNJ VooDoo), Copper (Kid's Copper), Cash (GSI Payncash), Toni (LPH Cry Baby), Whiskey (KT's Phys Ed), Atom

Link to post
Share on other sites

As Meredith is a senior, in addition to the suggestions above she might also be experiencing pain somewhere and can't find a way to get comfortable. Good luck with your sweet girl, please let us know how she's doing!

Old Dogs are the Best Dogs. :heartThank you, campers. Current enrollees: Aiden. Bea. Punkin. Annie. Miss M. Cletus, knot like the others.

Angels: Pal :heart. Segugio. Sorella (TPGIT). LadyBug. Zeke-aroni. MiMi Sizzle Pants. Gracie. Seamie :heart:brokenheart. (Foster)Sweet. Andy. PaddyALVIN!Mayhem. Bosco. Bruno.Dottie B. Trevor Double-Heart. Bea.

 

:paw Upon reflection, our lives are often referenced in parts defined by the all-too-short lives of our dogs.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
×
×
  • Create New...