Please help!

My staffie is nearly 16 yrs, apart from deafness, failing eyesight and joint…

Please help!

My staffie is nearly 16 yrs, apart from deafness, failing eyesight and joint problems (which are understandable at her age) she’s, in the last 2 months, developed a penchant for uncontrollable whining and anxiousness between 8-12pm every night religiously, causing broken sleep for both me, my husband and my son. Her uncomfortableness is affecting us all, she’s slept on our bed since being a pup and going up to bed at a ridiculous hour seems the only way to calm her down. We’ve tried tiring her our, massage, salmon oil, serene drops and everything else possible but nothing seems to work. She pees on the floor regularly but we’ve just accepted this as part of her age, she sleeps peacefully all day but for those few hours at nighttime is absolutely inconsolable. Although she’s old it seems to us that her poor little body is giving into age even though her mind refuses to accept it! Very stressfull times! Please give advice! X

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Kasey Litt
7 years ago

Dear Gaynor- Wow – 16 years old is quite a long life for a staffie. It’s been my experience that the whining and anxiousness can be a sign that the girl is in pain. She is probably not so happy either about the incontinence as she has been a good girl for many many years and knows it is not right. At this age, the incontinence could be a sign of kidney issues or diabetes. I am a firm believer that our animals will tell us when it is time to go and perhaps this is the time she is… Read more »