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Why Does My Dog Walk Around in Circles Before They Lay Down?

Circling around before lying down is likely a residual instinct from when their ancestors lived out in the wilderness. Your dog’s ancestors would have paced in circles to flatten down and warm their sleeping area. By going in circles, they effectively would have carved a nice cozy nest, just big enough for themselves, out of dirt, grass, snow, or whatever the area had to offer.

Lots of dogs will also dig at their bed area. With durable building materials, like those used in your house or furniture, all they accomplish is scratching up your hardwood or warring holes into your cushions. However, back in the wilderness, they would have dug a shallow hole to shelter themselves from the elements. A shallow hole could have kept them warm and cozy in the winter, cool and comfortable in the summer and perhaps even make them harder to detect.

You only need to be worried about their pacing and scratching if it’s wrecking your furniture or if it’s excessive. If your dog is pacing excessively, it could be a sign of pain and discomfort. If your dog is in pain or they are uncomfortable, they could have an underlying injury or arthritis. As your dog gets older, they start to experience more joint pain as well and other random pains associated with old age.

If you feel your pet may be in pain or discomfort, it is best to bring them in to see your veterinarian and discuss options to increase their quality of life. Should you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 204.253.2668.

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Why Does My Dog Walk Around in Circles Before They Lay Down?

Circling around before lying down is likely a residual instinct from when their ancestors lived out in the wilderness. Your dog’s ancestors would have paced in circles to flatten down and warm their sleeping area.

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital