Watch for these signs
“Pay attention to how your dog is getting up from their bed, especially as they age,” says Dr Werber. Do you notice your pup getting up slower? Do they show signs of discomfort when they get up from a nap or overnight sleep? Do they linger more in the bed before getting up in the morning? “These all can be signs of an underlying problem. We can tell a lot more from how a dog gets up from their dog sleeping position than how they are actually positioned to sleep.”
It’s perfectly normal for dogs to talk and move in their sleep, just like people. We “ooh” and “aah” over the cute muffled barks of “puppy dreams” and giggle when we watch them “run” in their sleep. But Dr Wong says to keep an eye out for changes in motions or disturbances in the times that pets are normally asleep (or awake), because they could be a sign that something is amiss, whether sleep-related or otherwise. “Moaning or groaning could also be a sign of pain or discomfort. If you notice changes in your pet’s vocalisation, it could be a sign of underlying health issues,” says Dr Wong.
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