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Discussion in 'Dog Health issues and questions' started by joeys mom, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. joeys mom

    joeys mom Boxer Insane

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    Has anyone given their pup melatonin? Chance is NOT SLEEPING at all .... He is on Prednisone 1 pill both am and pm .... he probably will be for quit some time if not the rest of his life ( due to Cancer) We are desperate to get some sleep at my house. He is just like a little new born baby and up every hour or 2. He cant help it and I feel so bad for him :(
     
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    Jan Reasonable Moderator Staff Member

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    Poor Chance and poor you! I would certainly give it a try. It wouldn't hurt. Is he in pain? Maybe a dose of Metacam before bed, would help. It worked really well with Markus, when he had spondylosis. You can easily adjust the dose, since it is a liquid. Talk to your vet about it.
    Good luck!
     
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    joeys mom Boxer Insane

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    I do no think he is in pain ... I think it is just so much steroids that is keeping him up ... I am talking to vet tomorrow and see what they suggest for a dosage and to make sure that it is ok with all other meds he is on!
     
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    Jan Reasonable Moderator Staff Member

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    Hopefully the vet will be able to help. He could advise you on the Malatonin too.
    Good luck!
     
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    Linda/NJ Boxer Insane

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    Sorry to hear he is not sleeping well. I hope the vet was able to recommend something.
     
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    just a quick update - we have figured out the sleeping issue - I was giving him 2 Benadryl in the morning and 2 at night ( per vet) for his itchy healing skin. I was also waiting until around 10 pm to give the Benadryl ... I cut him back to 1 am and pm and giving it earlier ( @7) will all other meds. since then he has slept through he night, or almost anyway he usually gets up around 3:30-4:30 to potty and goes right back to sleep so we are much happier now :)
     
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    Jan Reasonable Moderator Staff Member

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    I am glad to hear that you figured it out, and that he is sleeping much better. :)
     
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    I am glad you found out what was going on. Benadryl effects each dog differently. I have had a dog it didn't seem to bother one way or another. And one it amped up, and two that it would mellow out. Hopefully everyone is getting more sleep.
     
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    joeys mom Boxer Insane

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    We are sleeping much better now - unfortunately not in our bed anymore, I am on couch and he is snuggled up to it on the floor on a pallet - lol whatever makes him happy is what we are doing!
     
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    Gatorblu Boxer Insane

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    Oh, I get it! During Thor's last few months, I took my sofa out of the living room and moved my mattress downstairs. We slept together on that.
     
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