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My 12 month old puppy doesnt sleep well at night he has us

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My 12 month old puppy doesn't sleep well at night he has us up every three hours we have to go to work and it is like having a newborn in the house is there anything we can give him to make him sleep.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Bruce :

Hello, this is Dr. Bruce and I would like to help you with Dylan.

Dr. Bruce :

I'm sorry to hear that you are having this issue with him.

Dr. Bruce :

To be honest, I'm a bit concerned that you are having such an issue with a 1 year old dog. Typically, this getting up every few hours behavior will resolve by the time they are 4-5 months old.

Dr. Bruce :

You don't say whether or not he has been doing this since he was a baby. If this has been going on since he was a puppy, then it would be a good idea to take him to the vet and make sure that he doesn't have a physical problem. If he checks out fine, then you need to get a trainer involved. If he is healthy, but you are getting up and dealing with him every few hours, then he may be doing it just for the attention.

Dr. Bruce :

However, if he truly cannot hold it for more than a few hours, then there is something not right. A 12 month old dog should have no problem sleeping 8-10 hours at night, and holding their bathroom through the entire night.

Dr. Bruce :

Have your vet run a fecal check to look for worms, and a urinalysis to check for any infection. It may be necessary to look further (bloodwork and/or x-ray) if there is a suggestion of any underlying illness.

Dr. Bruce :

If he has not been neutered, then I would strongly suggest doing so. Neutering can help reduce the need to go to the bathroom to some degree.

Dr. Bruce :

I hope this helps and that Dylan is doing better very soon and you can get a good night's sleep. If you would like to continue this chat, please reply to this post and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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