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my dog wakes me up every morning at 3am to eat. she is insistent

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my dog wakes me up every morning at 3am to eat. she is insistent and won't stop regardless of what i do. put her in garage, ignore her, feed her before going to bed. any suggestions?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 5 years ago.

Hi Jacustomer-mxbcpba2~



How much do you feed her daily?

How much does she weigh?

What do you feed her?

How long has this been going on?

Have you noticed any other odd behaviors?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

she gets 1/4 cup quality dry food and 1/2 cup raw meat mixed with veggies and numerous dry meat snacks


weighs 19lb


been going on since started phenobarbital (she has seizures) 2 yrs ago


no other behaviors

Expert:  Lisa replied 5 years ago.

Thank you for answering my questions.



What do you feed her right before bed?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

1 inch of a dry meat snack

Expert:  Lisa replied 5 years ago.

Thanks for answering my questions.


Because she's a middle aged girl, the first thing I'd do is to have your vet run a little bit of blood work on her to rule out any medical reason for her increased hunger. Things like thyroid conditions can cause them to have an increase in appetite, so that's the first thing I'd do.


After that, I'd try feeding her a high fiber snack right before bedtime. You were on the right track with giving her a small piece of meat right before dinner, but something more substantial would be better because it will keep her fuller, longer.


I hope this helps.

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