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i have a small dog 12 yrs old who has become very nervous not

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i have a small dog 12 yrs old who has become very nervous not as much during the day but at night. he sleeps upstairs but during the night wants to come on my bed, he still dosent settle and keeps shaking ive tried letting him out for a pee just in case but this hasent helped keeps shaking and tries to get on the pillow with me. Not getting much sleep!!!! Sheila aged 75
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Hi Sheila - Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and specialist and will do my best to assist you today!

When did this start?

Have you noticed other changes such as appetite? Weight loss? Drinking more or less?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

eating more food and a small weight loss

Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Hi there,

Thank you for your reply.

Whenever this starts in an older dog I encourage an examination with your veterinarian to be certain there is not a medical or systemic cause for the anxiety.

Especially when there is an increased appetite BUT weight loss.

Even something as simple as early cataracts and decreased night time vision can explain this nervous behavior.

With that said, some dogs do just have anxiety that is not medical, rather behavioral.

For this, homeopathic options for treatment can be considered, including melatonin and DAP.

Melatonin is a common medication used in people and pets, commonly dosed at 1.5 mg per dose for dogs under 30 pounds.

This can be given at night, or up to 2-3 times per day.

DAP is the other option discussed above (dog appeasing pheromone).

This is another common option.

It is a hormone / pheremone.

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