What Can I Give My Dog To Make Him Sleep All Night?
Is your dog having issues sleeping thru the night? There are many different things that you can try. Some of these may be exercises to help your dog become more tired right before bed. Another option is giving them sleeping medications. There are many great options for over-the-counter medicines, prescription medication, and natural supplements that you can try to help your dog sleep during the night.
Can Dogs Have Insomnia?
Your dog may have insomnia and not able to sleep at night. Many times your dog not wanting to sleep all night is due to an underlying medical issue. Your dog may be painful, have an upset stomach, or not feel full. All of these reasons would cause your dog to not sleep well at night. If you notice that there is something wrong with your dog, it would be best for your vet to examine your dog to see what could be causing these issues. Your vet would be able to prescribe your dog medication to help relieve these issues and your dog to sleep thru the night.
What Medicine Can I Give My Dog To Help Them Sleep?
There are some prescription and over-the-counter medications that you can help your dog sleep. These are common sleep medications that you can give your dog.
Benadryl is a common over-the-counter medication that is not only used for allergic reactions but also found in many human sleep medicines. This is a medication that you can try to give to your dog to help them also sleep. The dosage for this medication is 1mg per pound. Many times this is not enough to cause the sleepy side effects that are seen in humans.
If your dog is not able to sleep no matter what you have tried, it may be best to see your vet. They can make sure that there is nothing medically wrong with your dog and prescribe them medications to help them sleep through the night.
What Are Some Natural Sleep Aids For Dogs?
Many times you may not want to jump right to giving your dog medication. There are some natural supplements that you can use to help your dog sleep better at night.
Melatonin is a hormone supplement that is commonly used in dogs and cats. This can be found at the human drug store or the pet store. These over-the-counter supplements are great to help treat a few different conditions in your dog and even help them sleep better at night. While these are easy to get for your pet, it is best to only give them to your dog after talking with your vet about them.
These are some of the other uses for melatonin.
- Trouble Sleeping at night
- Behavioral issues
- Adrenal Disease
- To help improve breeding rates
- Treat non-allergic skin diseases
Small dogs will need about 1mg, while large dogs will need 3mgs. It is best for you to start off low and slowly work up to the correct dosages. As you are increasing their dosage, it is best to monitor your dog for and GI side effects or lethargy. If you notice anything abnormal with your dog, it is best to stop this medication and talk to your vet.
CBD treats are great to give to your pets for anxiety and to help them sleep all night. Studies have shown that CBD products can help keep dogs calm. These are great supplements that you can give to a nervous dog or dogs with anxiety to help them sleep all night. CBD products are fairly safe, and they have not been shown to cause unwanted side-effects as other sleep aid supplements.
What Else Can I Do To Help My Dog Sleep Through The Night?
While many times medication can help quickly swift your dog to sleep, there are some other things that you can do to help your dog sleep better at night.
Exercise right before bed
Taking your dog for a long walk right before bedtime and using up all of their stored energy will help them sleep more during the night. Many dogs will sleep during the day and want to stay up and play at night. Giving them a way to use up this stored energy will make them tired and want to sleep all night.
Put our dog’s bed in a quiet location
Consider where you are putting your dog’s bed for them to sleep. If this is a noisy area, they may wake up in the middle of the night wanting to play. Look for an out-of-the-way quiet location so that your dog will sleep more soundly through the night. Putting your dog’s bed near the front of the house may keep your dog waking up from the sound of cars driving down your street at night.
Cover their Crate
If there are lights on in your house at night, this can keep your dog awake. Cover their crate at night or move their bed or crate to a darker part of the house. Many dogs will associate darkness with time to sleep and light as the time to play.
Play Calming Music
Playing calming or soothing music will help your dog sleep a little better through the night. Soft music such as classical music helps dogs sleep and relax. Playing loud music will stimulate your dog to want to stay up at night.
Establish a Bedtime Routine
One great way to help your dog sleep at night is by sticking to a schedule and bedtime routine. This may be eating, going for a walk, getting a quick treat then heading to bed. Try to be consistent with the time that you take them to bed. This helps them set an internal alarm on when they should go to be and when they should wake up each morning. Dogs can be just like kids and need a constant routine in their life.
If your dog is having issues sleeping through the night, establishing a bedtime routine and figuring out exactly why your dog is not sleeping. Once you have determined the cause, you can quickly fix the situation and help them sleep all night. Letting your dog out to go to the bathroom right before bed will help them not need to get up to potty. If lifestyle change does not help, there are many supplements and over-the-counter medications that you can try to help your dog sleep peacefully through the night.
Dr. Sara Ochoa, DVM graduated from St. George’s University Veterinary School in 2015. Since then, she has been at a small and exotic animal practice in Texas. In her free time, she loves making quilts and spending time with her husband Greg and their 4 fur kids. Two dogs, Ruby a schnoodle, and Bug a Japanese Chin, one cat named OJ and a leopard tortoise named Monkey.