My old dog is pacing

My 17 year old dog , a regular size Pom, has for over a year been confused and disoriented. I know its his age but he has started pacing and being so restless at night now. He paces all night long and keeps the family up, what can I do to calm him down for his last years here ?

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The confusion the dog is experiencing may be tied to dementia, we had an Brittany Spaniel that had the same problem, she walked around confused and disoriented all the time. Short of giving the dog a low dose of animal tranquilizer There may not be much you can do right now. I hate to say it but he or she may be coming to the end of it's time. 

Is the dog doing any panting or heavy breathing? If so you may want to go to the vet and see if the dog may have the startings of congestive heart failure and that will cause a dog to be restless because they are feeling uncomfortable so they pace around.

Good Luck with your pet

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