Believe it or not, even the sleepiest creatures on Earth can get insomnia. Yup. We are talking about dogs. Awesome, loving, and loyal, but this normally very sleepy animal can sometimes suffer from insomnia, just like us humans. Don’t worry, though, it is not the end of the world and something you can help your dog get over with a little work. This is what to do if your dog has insomnia.
First off, pay attention to your dog’s sleeping habits. If you notice two or three nights in a row with little sleep, this could actually be the dog trying to tell you something is wrong. The sad reality is, with dogs, insomnia is often the hint of what might be a much larger problem. Seeing insomnia in your dog is a sure fire way to think that there might be something else (something greater) wrong. You do not need to necessarily freak out right away, but getting your dog to the vet for insomnia is usually a good idea and can help prevent or stop any further problems that may be going on and disrupting your dog’s system.
The other thing to factor in, which is much simpler and much less worrisome is the fact that your dog may have insomnia because it is not getting enough physical activity and exercise in a day. Make sure your dog is getting (at the very least) a half hour a day. Anything less than that can lead to restlessness and rambunctiousness.
Remember, you don’t need to panic if your dog has insomnia, you just need to help figure out what it is, and how it can be best handled.
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