According to PetMeds.com, a key pet health resource for animal owners and veterinarians, your beloved furry friends can suffer from bouts of, or even chronic insomnia. What is the cause? Many veterinarians and pet experts say the leading cause of insomnia in pets is that something is causing them pain. If they can’t sleep at night – check first with the local vet – they are also likely to be exhibiting other symptoms.
Insomnia is often a symptom – and not a disease. However if left untreated too long, it could be the cause of the disease, emotional or physical. For example, we now know that animals, pets can also exhibit feelings of depression and anxiety. Rescue animals and newly weaned pets may live with this more often than pets that have safely acclimated to their surroundings and family. Rhythmic sounds that provide comfort such as a rotating fan or white noise, can help ease anxiety along with attentiveness and care to help reinforce feelings of safety and security.
Other Reasons for Sleeplessness:
*Not enough exercise during the day (and too much energy at night, as a result).
*Prescribed medications such as corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone), often used to treat a variety of autoimmune or allergic disorders.
*Medical conditions that may cause frequent urination (more common in older animals).
How to Help:
Depending on the problem, some veterinarians may prescribe medication. It’s important to seek help from a medical professional, first. In the case of an overly excited or anxious animal, calming sounds that drown out noise disturbances can help. The ‘LectroFan, by Adaptive Sound Technologies, Inc. provides non-looping *white noise sound that blocks out noise disturbances; helping the process of falling asleep and then, staying asleep.
Ensure they have a bedtime routine and are not overly anxious before sleeping. Just like humans, pets need routine – they thrive on it more often than we do, so it is important to prepare them for bed.
Read what customers have to say about how the ‘Lectro Fan white noise machine has helped their pets with noise disturbances:
5.0 out of 5 stars on Amazon: ”They have worked wonderfully all weekend…” By Amy L.
“I bought three of these (‘LectroFans) to dampen noise from the 4th of July fireworks, which terrifies my dog. They have worked wonderfully all weekend, and I am glad that I purchased them. Highly recommend this product.”
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“I live in an apartment on a busy street with lots of street sounds, with two dogs that can get their bark on. This has been wonderful to drown out all the noise from the outside so that they don’t lose their minds (and mine) on the inside. It has many settings, and works great. My neighbors, especially, appreciate how good this is.”
* White noise is consistent noise that comes out across all hearable frequencies, creating a “masking” effect by blocking out disruptive ambient noise. (4)
Sleep Problems in Dogs – Canine Insomnia—Professor’s House: http://bit.ly/1RUjZK2
Insomnia – Can a Dog Have Trouble Sleeping? – Pet Meds: http://bit.ly/1M4K1oP
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