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My mom's dog has been keeping her up at night, won't stay up on bed like she used to, then gets down, then wants up again. She also pants alot, not from heat or thirst. She jumps up onto tables and knocks things down and does not move out from infront of Mom's feet when she walks, as she used to do. She is eating well and drinking well and runs when I take her out for a walk, so is not lethargic. My Mom (88) has not slept in several nights because of this which is bad for her health. We went to the vet who did a blood test with no negative results, checked her for arthritis, also negative. They gave us AP-ALPRAZ pills for "nervousness" that did not help. I have several canine natural calming products, non work. CAN YOU PLEASE HELP??

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July 28, 2013 at 1:17 PM



Dear Cheryl,

Did your veterinarian also check a urine sample to rule out a bladder infection? I have seen a lot of bladder irritation this summer.

I would try Anxietrex which contains homeopathic remedies that would be calming. Chill Out Chews at bedtime might be helpful as well.

In addition if you could consult with a veterinarian trained in TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine), he or she could use acupuncture or Chinese herbs. Sometimes night time problems can be related to a yin deficiency according to Chinese medicine. Or the time of restlessness can be related to an organ dysfunction at that time period. Energy disturbance to an organ can occur before organ damage and leakage of enzymes found in a blood test. So try to notice what time at night the awakening occurs.

Please update us on your progress or let us know if you have any other questions.

Best regards,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
July 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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