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Tips for Managing Nocturnal Anxiety in Geriatric Dogs with Dr. Albright

Julia Albright, DVM, MA, DACVB, University of Tennessee



In this episode, host Alyssa Watson, DVM, is joined by Julia Albright, DVM, MA, DACVB, to talk about her recent Clinician’s Brief article, “Top 5 Tips for Managing Nocturnal Anxiety in Geriatric Dogs.” Dr. Albright reminds us that older dogs can have multiple concurrent factors that can cause interruption to their sleep, but establishing good daytime activity and a predictable nighttime routine can make a big impact. She also discusses how supplements and medications can help the whole house get some sleep.

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Key Takeaways

  • Anxiety, cognitive decline, pain, and discomfort can all contribute to sleep interruptions in older dogs.
  • Establish a predictable nighttime routine; predictability decreases anxiety.
  • Encourage daytime activity; physical activity is positively correlated with cognitive enhancement.
  • Old dogs should learn new tricks (it’s good for their brains).
  • Medications that treat anxiety can have a big impact on reducing sleep interruptions.

About Our Guest

Julia Albright, DVM, MA, DACVB, is an associate professor at University of Tennessee, where she also earned her DVM and MA in experimental psychology. Dr. Albright completed a residency and fellowship in animal behavior at Cornell University. Her research interests include reducing stress in animal facilities, psychopharmacology, and the human–animal bond.

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  • Alyssa Watson, DVM - Host
  • Alexis Ussery - Producer  & Multimedia Specialist
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