Hi, My 14 yr old blind and deaf fox terrier got a perfect bill of health, yet every night, she wakes up at 1;45 to 3am consistently, roams the house and sometimes barks to go out to pee. I think she has flipped her clock somehow and wakes up looking for food. Since she doesn't want walk anymore due to her loss of vision, i think she sleeps most of the entire day. She has ALWAYS been obsessed with food and now more than ever since i think its her last sense left since she cant see or hear. I have tried painkillers possibly for arthritis, benadry to help her sleep and also some type of psychotropics that my vet recommended. Anyone have any suggestions?
Bless her little heart! I want to say she's 14, deaf, and blind, let her do whatever she wants to, but I'm sure waking up to take the dog out at 2am isn't very conducive to a good night's sleep for anyone in the house. Is there something that she is still able to do for exercise?
Maybe you could wake her up for some activity during the day. I can see where walking would be intimidating when blind, but maybe since she is crazy for food, giving her healthy treats every few steps might make it more fun for her, then if you see that she is being more comfortable with it, space the treats out more. Was she pretty good at walking onleash before she was blind? If she was a big puller, I could see where that wouldn't work for her anymore. Now she can't run ahead of you, but instead has to use you as her seeing eye dog. But the treats every few steps is something people use to train a dog to walk BESIDE you onleash, instead of pulling in front, so it could teach her a more do-able way to go for a walk as well as motivating her to want to do it.
She sleeps on my bed, so I have gotten waterproof pillow covers to put under the pillow shams, and with those on it leaves about a softball size amount. She does wake up after it has happened and moves off of it. At first she acted really upset about it, probably partly because she was always taught not to go in the house, but now just looks at it and moves to a dry spot. I know she isn't doing it on purpose, it's while she's asleep, but need to figure out a solution since it's where I sleep as well.
Additional info: Over the last 6 months she has started having occasional seizures. The vet said with her age, it is most likely either kidney failure, liver failure, or a brain tumor, but also because of her age, not much to do but keep her happy and comfortable as long as possible.
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