My dog loves to run around and play just as much as the next pooch, but what he seems to like almost as much is to sleep. Actually, unless we are playing or we're outside, he can usually be found curled up on his dog bed in doggy slumber.
This may not seem that out of place, as a lot of dogs spend a good portion of time sleeping. But is a dog sleeping too much sign of some underlying issues?
Today, we will be helping to answer that question, as we seek out the reasons that some dogs seem to sleep a lot.
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What Is Normal For A Dog's Sleep?
Dogs and their sleep patterns are not unlike that of their human friends: they often go to bed when it's dark outside, can sometimes have restless nights and nightmares, and will sometimes take a nap during the day if they are feeling tuckered out.
All these behaviors are normal, and should not be causes for concern. However, there are a few circumstances where you will find your dog sleeping more often than usual, and some of these could call for a trip to a vet.
Age Is A Factor
Much like human children, puppies tend to sleep a lot more than adult dogs. Just like a toddler will run around and play for a burst of time only to suddenly pass out, puppies will do very much the same. This is why puppies sleep so much, as they can quickly expend all of their energy just to suddenly crash.
Older dogs also tend to sleep a lot more than their younger counterparts, as well. Being older, a dog starts to lose their youthful energy, and as a result, can cause them to sleep a lot more often than they used to.
If your dog is one that sleeps all the time, you may want to take into consideration the size of your dog. A large dog has a big body that it needs to keep energized at all times, as opposed to smaller dogs who don't have as much weight to carry around.
As a result of this, a larger dog can get tired much more often than a smaller dog, and therefore, is likely to be caught taking a cat-nap (or rather, Dog-nap) throughout the day.
Your Dog's Job
Most people who own dogs do so because they keep them as pets. However, there are people that will breed dogs for different purposes, such as for use on a farm or as sled dogs.
If your dog is bred to do a certain task, chances are that they will stay awake more often during the day and sleep through the night, as this is what is required of them to do their more physical-intensive jobs. They are, therefore, less likely to be found snoozing during the day than dogs that are bred for the simple task of being one's pet, which is afforded much more freedom to just lay around.
Changes In Life
Changes in a person's lifestyle, such as moving to a new place or the loss of a loved one, can affect a person's way of life, including sleep patterns. The same is true when it comes to our canine companions as well.
If your dog's home environment has changed at all due to any reason, their sleeping habits are likely to change. This includes either being more restless during the night because they are uncomfortable in their surroundings, or sleeping more during the day due to depression.
These changes to your dog's life will sometimes work themselves out over time. It's important during these times, as the pet's owner and friend, to be patient with them and to help them become adjusted to the changes.
None Of These Above Reasons Apply To My Dog. Is There Something Wrong?
If you find your dog sleeping constantly and you can't seem to find a good excuse as to why, then it may be time to take your dog for a visit to the vet.
This is because there exist many potential medical concerns as to why your dog may be sleeping more often.
Medical conditions such as diabetes and hypothyroidism, as well as diseases from parasites such as Lyme diseases, can all cause your dog to become lethargic and sleep more often. A lot of these medical problems can become fatal if not treated, so if you are concerned, it's better than to be safe than sorry and have your dog looked at by a professional.
To Wrap Up...
It is natural to be concerned if you find your dog sleeping more often than normal. They are our best friends after all, and it is normal to want what is best for them. So, to make sure that your dog is healthy, you'll want to take into account:
- How old your dog is.
- How big your dog is.
- What they are bred to do.
- If there have been any drastic life changes for them.
- If none of the above apply, have them looked at by a veterinarian.
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