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Our basset Buddy is 12 years old, and a rescue. We have had him 9 years. In the past few months he has started whining constantly. Suggestions why and how to handle it
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For a new and unusual (for him) behavior I would first of all have him checked out by the vet.
 

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Our basset Buddy is 12 years old, and a rescue. We have had him 9 years. In the past few months he has started whining constantly. Suggestions why and how to handle it
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Susan
Yes, he really should be examined by your vet. 12 is a good age for a Basset (some live longer, some don't) and clearly something is bothering him. We can only guess what. And will probably be wrong :p He may be losing some hearing and sight which is upsetting him. Sometimes the oldies just want to let you know they are 'still around'. Bless.
 

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is this at night/ sundown?

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome: | The Bark
"Alterations in sleep-wake cycles: this is most often observed as increased restlessness (especially at night) and/or vocalizations that are seemingly directed at nothing in particular; as the disease progresses, you may continue to notice worsening of these signs and begin to see your pet aimlessly wandering the house with compulsive behaviors such as barking at the wall for no apparent reason or excessive grooming."


Sundowning | The Bark
Dodman says this is the first time he’s heard of this association with dogs and the day/ night junction. He thinks it’s helpful because it adds another layer of detail to nocturnal disturbance syndrome. “It makes it easier for people to recognize and it’s a very clear- cut sign: As light is fading, some dogs, not all dogs, because not all dogs do everything with any disease, but some dogs with canine Alzheimer’s may, when light falls, become even more confused, and upset, and that can lead to this hysterical behavior: barking, pacing, inconsolability. Sundowning. I think that’s a very nice addition to the canine Alzheimer’s syndrome, which previously was just painted as a late-night, throughout the night, problem.”

Dodman explains that vets don’t have a good handle in this area. “They know there are sleep disturbances. But what precisely are they? Vets think that means when the owner goes to sleep at night the dog wakes up and barks and paces. Sundowning makes it more subtle, and more akin to the human syndrome, and it sounds perfectly reasonable.”
 
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