Behavioral Changes – Sleeping and Eating Habits
It is important to monitor how your furry companion is conducting his or her day-to-day activities. Things as simple as sleeping-in more often or a change in appetite can prove to be significant signs your pet’s emotional or physical health is declining.
WHAT DOES EATING OR SLEEPING MEAN FOR A DOG’S HEALTH?
A healthy dog on average sleeps around 12-18 hours a day, but every pooch is different. If you notice your dog is excessively sleeping, or is restless, this can be signs of emotional distress or the onset of a serious medical condition.
WHAT KIND OF CONDITIONS CAN BE BEHIND THIS BEHAVIOR?
Common medical conditions associated with changes in sleep habit are Hypothyroidism, which is a common dog disease that might have a hand in slowing down activity. This disease attacks the thyroid gland, which is responsible for metabolism, and is treatable with medications. Another cause of sleep change is diabetes. Your vet will run tests on your dog to see if diabetes could be a possible cause for the change.
Depression is an important cause to consider as well. Dogs are very social, understanding creatures who get very attached to their loved ones, and fall quite into routine. If you have made significant changes at home recently, you may consider that your dog is feeling a little depressed and stressed out. Click here to see what you can do to help with canine depression > https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/problem-behaviors/warning-signs-of-dog-depression