In the middle of the night, there sometimes are no experts available to answer questions, unfortunately. Most nights there are experts available around the clock, but apparently last night we weren't so fortunate.
Pacing and whining are usually due either to pain, or anxiety. In an older German Shepherd
, we tend to be concerned about possible hip and spine arthritis
, as these are common issues, though it would be uncommon to see these signs appear suddenly unless there was a recent increase in activity, such as playing ball or running a lot more than usual, for example.
in dogs are something like panic attacks in people - there is often no identifiable cause, but a sense of overwhelming worry occurs, and often this passes with time, but sometimes anti-anxiety medicines such as diazepam or alprazolam are needed to help reduce the anxiety level.
Benadryl is sometimes helpful as it induces drowsiness, and may let a dog in this situation rest and relax a little. 1 mg per pound of body weight is the usual dose given.