13 y/o springer spaniel bitch - extremely over-excited in the am, help!
(London & Hereford)
My mum has 2 13 y/o english springer spaniels (litter sisters) who are now getting quite aged. But one is becoming almost unmanageable in the morning as she is so hyperactive and over-excited.
She has always been hyperactive, especially in the morning, has always required long walks and although she is much slower and going quite deaf, she is still alert, willing and will walk as far as ever (albeit with lots of breaks!).
She's always had a heart murmur and she also went through an episode of geriatric vestibular syndrome a few weeks ago and is now almost back to her normal self, except for a bit of a head tilt.
However the hyperactivity in the morning now seems to have got much much worse. She wakes everyone (my Mum, the other spaniel and the cat) up at 4.30am every day and will not settle down at all until she has been fed at about 6.30am. She insists on going out several times before her breakfast, cannot stop barking and racing around like crazy. Her sister spaniel (who is going deaf and blind and is very old in mentality) gets thoroughly confused and my Mum is at the end of her tether!
Is there anything we can do, or give her, to help her to keep relatively calm in the mornings so that they can all get through breakfast in one piece?! Both dogs are on senior dry food and get a small amount in the morning and their main meal at about 6pm.
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