How do I stop a dog from crying all night?
November 28, 2005 4:54 PM Subscribe
Has anyone found an effective way to stop a dog from crying all night? The crying started after some recent surgery.
posted by clarahamster to Pets & Animals (16 answers total)
My parents' dog is a wire-haired fox terrier about eight years old. She has some digestive problems and has to sleep in the kitchen. She slept there for years with no problems.
A few months ago, she got a bad infection (lots of pain, high fever) and the vet had to put her out to drain it. After she recovered, she was blind in her left eye and the salivary glands on the left side of her mouth didn't work well anymore. It's unclear whether this was caused by the infection or whether she had a small stroke because of the anesthetic. She doesn't have any paralysis on that side, and seems to still have sensation on that side of her face (or at least she still likes it to be scratched).
She's perfectly happy during the day (just as playful and friendly as ever), but she cries at night. It ranges from whining for a few minutes (most nights) to full-on howling (rarely). If someone goes downstairs to check on her, she'll stop while the person is there.
For the first month or so after the surgery, she wouldn't even go downstairs at bedtime (after my parents' nightly hour of television -- this has been the routine for years) unless my father picked her up and carried her. Once she got away from him and sprinted up the stairs and jumped into my mother's lap again. The dog will go downstairs now, so things have improved a little.
The dog is very, very attached to my mother. If she goes somewhere for a few days, the dog will mope and follow my father (or anyone else who is there) around the house all day. It's not an option for the dog to sleep in my parents' room because of the aforementioned digestive problems.
Has anyone had experience with something similar? I had two ideas for my parents, but I don't know if they'll help:
-- Put a sweatshirt (or something else washable) that smells like my mother in the dog's bed.
-- Get some sort of enclosure for the dog to sleep in that they could put in their room without worrying about the carpets.