Old, limited vision dog, whines at night
We've had our JRT since he was 6 weeks old- he is the last of our grown, married daughters childhood dogs so he is a special guy to us. He is 15 years old now.
His overall body is in terrific shape in that he still runs and has no arthritis and is on no medicine other than heartworm pills. He has severe cataracts and he can't hear worth a damn; if we clap our hands he turns and comes. His nose still works- he loves to go mousing in the barn. He clings to my husband who works from home. "Micro" is by Mr. SLW's side all day and into the evening until we go to bed- my husband is nothing short of Micro's "Seeing Eye person".
The issue has been building. Micro doesn't want to sleep in a bed in our bedroom, he sleeps 25' away in a dog bed in the den....until sometime starting around 2:00 a.m. when he comes back to our room and whines. I'll get up and encourage him to sleep in the dog bed in our room but he won't. He'll go back up front and then come back and hour later and whine. He repeats that until we get up. Also, we'll let him go out to tinkle but lot's of time he doesn't want to go outside, he stands there. It use to be a once a night whine visit but now it is the second half of the night. There are cats up front in the den with him so he isn't alone in that sense.
Sometimes my husband has gotten up and slept on the couch to keep Micro company, when he seems the most angst. Is this angst on Micro's part? Are there sleeping pills our vet might prescribe if no other problems are present?? Micro doesn't do this during the daytime, just at night. And yes, we leave a light on in the den so he can see the shadows that he does due to his cataracts.
I am calling my vet tomorrow and will take him in. Mostly looking for others experiences with something similar.