He is a very mellow dog. He gets excited about dinner time but otherwise is a laid back, mellow and sleeps a lot.
He has begun pacing and panting and gently whining at night. At first I thought he just had to go out to pee so I got up, put him out, he peed, came back in and continued with the pacing/anxiety.
I have not had a vet check up done on him yet. I intend to take him in for a geriatric work up with complete blood work and exam. He has no health issues that I am aware of. He does have hip dysplasia in both hips moderately (I had his hips x-rayed a number of years ago to learn this). He is a touch arthritic, a bit slow to get up and reluctant to come up the steps should he go into the basement. Otherwise, he seems fine.
Is this just general senility? It's only at night that he does this.
I am about 30 weeks pregnant, I have two small children, I cannot deal with the sleep deprivation this is causing me. I have lost about three hours of sleep to his behavior several times a night and I am at my wits end.
Anyone else been through this with a dog? It's new for me!