Can Dogs Get Insomnia?

Can a Dog Get Insomnia?

Okay, I have the most bizarre question to ask. We have a dog (well, actually we have three), around 14 years of age, who has had issues with fleas/skin allergies. We have her on Frontline and lately have been giving her Benadryl when she seems most agitated. Last night I was reading on the couch before going to bed and she about drove me completely nuts! Pacing back and forth around the house, scratching and licking and scratching and licking. Whining and panting and getting up and down. Good gracious, she made me crazy. Today she was fine. Until a few minutes ago when she started the insanity again. Is it possible for a dog to have insomnia? And are these the symptoms? Yes, we should take her to the vet, spend a fortune on her and then realize her upkeep will cost more than I spend on groceries. So I thought I’d try here first. She really is a sweet dog, with cataracts and mostly deaf. She kinda has attachment problems because she follows me around the house like I’m going to leave her. Everywhere I step she is under my feet. Yet I love her and want her to feel better. Or at least not drive me crazy when my insomnia is in full force :) Any suggestions?

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  1. BIT or NAET practitioner who will do surrogate work?

  2. Frontline does not work for some dogs and/or some dogs can be allergic to the Frontline itself. Ask you vet for another brand of flea and tick topical med and if they don’t have one go to another vet and ask. We had the issue with one of our dogs and once we switched the problem was solved.

  3. I just looked and we switched to K9 Advantix. It works really well.

  4. Marty, our older pup has terrible allergies. We adopted him too, but the parent dogs should never have been mated. Our boy takes (prescribed by the vet)2-25 mg of hydroxyzine and half a generic Claritin every day. If he didn’t, he would chew himself raw. He used to have staff infections constantly. Can’t tell you the last time he did.

    Another thing we do is bathe him in something soothing for his skin. It’s expensive, but a lifesaver for him. SulfOxyDex Shampoo. You can probably find something less expensive, with maybe oatmeal in it. Scrub her up, let it sit on for about 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.

    We buy both the hydroxyzine and the shampoo online, since the vet’s office can be expensive. We got a script from the vet for the hydroxyzine. It is not only an antihystamine, but is calming.

    Hope your pup gets relief. The scratching and whining sounds like she is allergic to something (maybe the topical, as others have suggested) or something outside she is encountering.

  5. I saw the title and thought… “insomnia” great name for a dog! LOL!

  6. How awful for your sweet pup. We have a dog we adopted from a rescue who has terrible allergies, but we discovered awhile back that she is allergic to grain and chicken. Huge difference in her skin and scratching/redness is almost non-existent now. Before that we were using benadryl and even cortisone cream for the really bad days. Good luck.
    Barbara

  7. My parents’ 15-year-old dog began having flea and tick problems about a year ago, despite being on the topical flea preventative. It turned out that her thyroid levels were off (an age-related issue), which affected how moist her skin was, which in turn prevented the topical flea preventative from working right. Or something like that. This coincided with a year where ticks were especially bad in their city (Houston). (I had never even seen a tick on any dog in my parents’ home before then.) My parents did end up putting Libby on thyroid meds because all the other dogs in the house were getting ticks too because Libby was effectively being untreated. The good news is that Libby has been more active since being on the thyroid pills. So that’s one possible explanation, but I’d try the different flea stuff first, especially if cost is an issue.

    One last thing–if the itching and scratching and licking is in a different place than usual, then it might well be an allergy issue. If she’s licking her paws or her rear obsessively, I’d look into that. Also, sometimes the inside of the dogs’ ear flaps look kind of inflamed when they’re having allergy issues (but not always). But if you can see the fleas and she’s scratching and licking in all the normal places for a dog with fleas, then I’d try different flea preventative first.

  8. you should google “canine cognitive degeneration”…sounds like your dog is starting to become senile. My vet recommended “SAMe” but it has had limited success for my 12 year old husky.

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