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StringedInstruments
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Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?

My 13 year old German Shepherd has been extra annoying the past month. It started with her having accidents peeing in the house. She had around 15 accidents in a three day span. The vet tested for a UTI, which was negative, but prescribed antibiotics anyway.

The accidents stopped but right as they did, she started barking to be let out of her room at night. She’s slept in this same part of the house for the last 5 years with no problems.

At first I figured she needed to go out, but she had no desire to go back to the room. She would pant and yelp and whine until we let her out.

We tried to move her into a different room, which works for the first part of the night but then she barks again, panting and acting like she’s in distress.

She’s calm if we put her in our room, but she paces around the room at random times, scratches, licks herself, and sometimes wakes us up as if it’s time to get up. This morning she got up at 3am acting super excited. I thought she needed to go to the bathroom but she only went to her food bowl wanting to eat.

Anyone experience anything like this? Advice? I’m losing quite a bit of sleep due to her being so damn noisy at night.
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Sweep Da Leg
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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
Sorry to tell you this but it’s probably dementia. Your pup is having anxiety. There’s not much you can do when they get like this. Poor guy


Emteein
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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?


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Advice? I’m losing quite a bit of sleep due to her being so damn noisy at night.




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SportsGuyNOLA
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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
A 13 year old German Shepherd is at the end.

You’re lucky to have one to make it that long.


Fun Bunch
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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
You could try cbd/hemp made for dogs


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fr33manator
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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
She’s coming to the end of her path brother.

Try and make her remaining time good. She’s been a good girl.



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idlewatcher
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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
CBD for pups. Do it.


tigerinthebueche
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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
Either you have a ghost in your home or
Your dog has undiagnosed health issues. Dementia wouldn’t be ruled out either. Our 15 YO FBD is exhibiting dementia symptoms currently. Won’t be long till it’s time to euthanize her.


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SportsGuyNOLA
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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
They usually live 10-12 years at most.


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jamiegla1
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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
my 13 y/o dog does the same thing. She just paces and pants around the den. Reminds me of my dad sundowning with alzheimers


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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
CBD would probably help a lot


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Tshiz
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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
How’s her energy level been for exercise? Did you change her exercise routine, walking, etc? Did she eat something different?

Could be something mental like mentioned above. She may be near her end.


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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
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CBD for pups. Do it.


People will poopoo it but it worked well for one of mine


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StringedInstruments
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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
Well shite. I just made a thread a few weeks ago about my FIL developing dementia. I guess it’s the fricking trend.

I’ll look into CBD oil. Anyone try melatonin for dogs?


StringedInstruments
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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
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How’s her energy level been for exercise? Did you change her exercise routine, walking, etc? Did she eat something different?


She’s fine. She still enjoys walks (usually a small one in the morning and a longer one at night). Still eats well. Is playful during the day.

Just super annoying at night and having anxiety when in her room.


Bestbank Tiger
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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
Might want to give it a sedative at night.


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greenbean
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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
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She’s fine. She still enjoys walks (usually a small one in the morning and a longer one at night). Still eats well. Is playful during the day.

Just super annoying at night and having anxiety when in her room.



That settles it, your house is haunted. Have the walls started bleeding? Any kooshma sightings?


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Swamp Angel
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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
The panting and pacing can be a sign of distress brought on by physical discomfort such as arthritis, general soreness in joints, mild to moderate discomfort not really described as pain but definitely noticeable to her.

Our old dog, Boudreaux, acted similarly during the last few months of his life. The vet prescribed Gabapentin for him and it seemed to work well with only a few mild side effects. It's more of a "nerve transmitter interrupter" than it is an actual pain killer. It's used to aid in recovery after surgery as well as to lower anxiety.

Ask your vet whether this might be something that might help your pup. Link describing Gabapentin uses for dogs HERE


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double d
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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
I have had 2 elderly labs that did this around 14 years of age. Both of them quickly went downhill when the behavior you described started. In both cases I had to have them put down within a month or so of this; they got to the point where they could hardly get up a walk or eat. Was hard to do but part of owning the pet, I sat at their sides until they were gone.

Sorry to be a downer but that was my experience with the situation you described.


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MyRockstarComplex
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re: Elderly dog barking at night, pacing, and seeming restless - any pet owners with advice?
That was the beginning of the end for my old friend. She made it about a week after the night panics and non-stop accidents began. It’s a bummer, but I knew on our walk the night before that it was likely our last walk together.

Sorry baw


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