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Does my dog sleep all day?

Ever thought, “My dog sleeps all day.” I wish I could do that! Dogs sleep longer than humans. Although we might envy our dogs’ five-hour-a-day napping habits, it is important to understand why dogs sleep so much.

How much sleep does my dog need?

You may ask other pet parents if their dogs sleep all day when you are out with them. It may not be good to compare your dog’s sleeping habits to other dogs. The amount of sleep your dog requires depends on several factors, including age, breed, activity level and environmental conditions.

According to the American Kennel Club, if your dog sleeps between 12 and 14 hours a night, there is likely nothing you need to worry about. If your dog sleeps more than 15 hours per day, it’s time to pay attention to their behavior while awake. You should take your dog to the vet if they become disconnected from people or other pets.

If your dog seems to be sleeping more than usual, you should consider environmental factors. You can make small changes to your dog’s lifestyle that could result in big changes in their sleeping habits.

  • Pets new: Your dog might be seeking a quiet place to rest if there is suddenly a boisterous kitten.
  • Hot Weather: If your dog feels sleepy during the summer, be aware of signs like lethargy or excessive drooling.
  • Schedule change: Have you recently gotten a new job, or had your work schedule changed? Dogs who are left alone for too long can become bored or lonely.
  • Playtime has increased :
  • Is your dog a recent addition to doggy daycare? Do you and your pup plan to run a 5K together in the future? Your pup may be more active than usual and will need to adjust to this change in exercise.

Puppies: Play hard, nap hard

Age is an important factor when it comes to how much sleep your dog needs. The AKC states that puppies require 15-20 hours of sleep to support their immune system, central nervous system, and muscles. Napping throughout the day is a great way for puppies to get their sleep. You can encourage your dog to sleep in the same place every night to have a consistent routine. Also, keep other pets and children away from their beds.

Young puppies might need assistance in establishing a bedtime routine. To convince your pet to go to bed simultaneously each night, turn off all lights and noises like TV.

Sleep and Aging

Senior dogs require more sleep than younger or adult dogs and take longer to recover after exertion. PetHelpful points out that joint pain can cause senior dogs to become less active. Your dog may have arthritis if they have difficulty standing or walking and sleeping more.

My dog sleeps all-day

You don’t need to worry if your dog gets a little more sleep than usual. However, if your dog starts to sleep excessively, or if they have a change in their eating habits, unusual thirst, or excessive urination, you should seek medical attention. These symptoms can indicate canine diabetes and kidney disease.

It might be worthwhile to observe your dog’s sleeping habits. While most dog owners have witnessed their dog run in his sleep, there may be other signs that indicate a more serious problem. Dogs who snore or stop breathing could have respiratory problems. A dog that sleeps so well they can’t hear the doorbell ringing may have lost its hearing.

Your dog’s behavior and how they sleep during the day can be affected by their diet. Their body may lack the proper nutrition to provide the energy they need. Discuss whether your dog is receiving the right nutrition to live a happy, active lifestyle with your vet.

You can track your pet’s sleeping patterns and other unusual sleep habits if you are concerned. It’s not enough to say “my dog sleeps all the time” to identify a problem. Make sure your vet has sufficient information to help you determine what is happening.

Get to Sleep

There is no easy way to tell if your dog is sleeping too or too much about dog sleep patterns. It is best to keep track of your dog’s sleeping patterns and share this information with your vet during regular checkups. Your vet will confirm that your dog’s sleeping patterns are normal. If they are not, the vet will recommend any adjustments or tests. You can rest easy knowing that your dog’s sleeping habits are normal.

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