Dementia Dogs Sleep Poorly

Dementia can disrupt a dog's natural sleep-wake cycles, causing them to sleep more during the day but wake frequently and be restless at night.

Disrupted Cycles

Many dementia dogs experience "Sundowner's Syndrome" where confusion gets worse towards dusk, disrupting nighttime rest.

Sundowner's Syndrome   

Pacing, wandering, getting stuck in corners, and vocalizing are common nighttime activities for dogs with dementia.

Nighttime Activity

Frequent nighttime urination accidents and asking to go out are typical dementia behaviors as dogs become confused

Increased Urination

Dementia dogs may pace and vocalize at night due to anxiety, disorientation and unmet needs that they cannot properly communicate.  

Unmet Needs

Some medications for dog dementia like selegiline can cause restlessness as a side effect, worsening sleep issues.

Medication Effects

Increased daytime exercise and mental stimulation can help tire out dementia dogs so they sleep more soundly at night.

Tire Them Out   

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