One of THE favorite things that senior dogs LOVE to do is sleep... I can't stress this enough.. they LOVE to take a siesta, doze off, take some naps in between.. sleep like a log (especially the ones that love to chase sticks).. however they will refuse to take 'CATnaps' !
But is there something as to much sleep ?
Your dog’s sleeping habits may begin to change as they ages.
Pay attention to your dog’s behavior — changes in sleep cycles may be an indication of possible disease
* Staying awake at night and wandering around aimlessly in the evening hours while acting confused or disoriented. These signs could be early indications of cognitive degenerative disorders. Contact your vet.
* Not waking up to sounds or stimuli. This could potentially indicate pet hearing loss.
*Sleeping in different places. For instance, you may find your senior dog has begun sleeping in closets.
* Sleeping while sitting up or standing. Dogs may adopt these sleeping positions if fluid begins accumulating in their lungs or chest due to a heart condition or heart failure. Again, don't wait, check with your vet.
* Experiencing pain and discomfort. Dogs with arthritis, for one, may need more comfortable, orthopedic beds to ease their joints.
But remember; if you are 'resting' your eyes, your senior dog is right at your side,.. supporting you to.. sorry, strike that.. he will be sleeping..
a 'Senior Dog' mom-O-Holic.