Melatonin and Animals

Melatonin and Animals

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Sleep Disturbances in Pets

  • Sleep disturbances can result from painful conditions such as osteoarthritis, an altered biological clock, anxiety and fear of the dark, discomfort from pain or being cold, and less rapid-eye-movement sleep.
  • “Management options for improving an older pet’s sleep include providing a warm and comfortable bed, use of a night light, playing the radio softly, offering a bedtime snack or warm milk, or taking the pet for a brief walk before bedtime.
  • “Administering hydroxyzine or melatonin or a two-week analgesic trial are other options. ‘One of my concerns is that we miss a lot of (signs of) pain in older pets because it’s not so obvious,’ Dr. Fortney said.”(“Chronic Dysfunction Syndrome Among Manageable Behavioral Problems”, American Journal of Veterinary Research, AVMA News, September 15, 2005, USA)
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