Sleeping puppies

Q: Puppies sleep a lot. Why do they need to take a nap so often?

A: Just like human babies need sleep, so do puppies. Puppies need about 18 to 19 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period – the younger they are the more sleep they need. Puppies grow and develop physically very quickly. They are also constantly learning new things, and all this uses energy. Puppies usually get some of their sleep during the day in the form of short naps, but they should sleep the majority of the 19 hours at night.

Dr Vanessa Mcclure, veterinarian



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