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Insomnia in Dogs?

As dogs age, they can start to have difficulty sleeping throughout the entire night. There are many different psychological and physical causes which can contribute to this.

Things that can contribute to insomnia are canine cognitive dysfunction, pain or discomfort, decreased bladder control causing increased urge to eliminate, undiagnosed medical conditions, anxiety and sensory changes (eyesight or hearing loss) which can affect depth of sleep.

Your dog can have one or a combination of these conditions which makes it more difficult to maintain sleep. Depending on what underlying cause(s), certain interventions can be made to help alleviate the symptom of insomnia.

There is usually always an underlying cause and so it is important to be able to identify what that is and implement an appropriate treatment whether that be medication, supplements, diet change, behavioural therapy or a combination of these. If you are finding that your dog is suffering from insomnia, a good idea would be to start a log of how frequently this is occurring, what time of day your dog is unable to sleep and their associated behaviours (are they panting, pacing, barking etc).

This information will be helpful when trying to investigate the root cause of the insomnia. This history along with a thorough physical examination and ideally blood work can help us to develop a treatment plan so that you and your canine companion can get back to solid nights of sleep.

 

Written by Dr. Megan Haines, DVM

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Separation Anxiety in Dogs

How do I know if my dog's problem is due to separation anxiety? Separation anxiety describes dogs that usually are overly attached or dependent on family members. They become extremely anxious and show distress behaviours such as vocalization, destruction, or house soiling when separated from the owners.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at North Hill Animal Hospital