You know the sensation of trying and trying to fall asleep, but being kept awake because your sleeping partner won't stop snoring. But have you ever had that experience while sharing a bedroom with your dog? If your pooch sounds like a rumbling freight train when he falls asleep, maybe you should be asking yourself "Does my dog have sleep apnea?"
Sleep Apnea in Pets
You may be surprised to learn that dogs, like humans, can suffer from sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. While snoring is sometimes just innocuous nightime noise, it can also be a warning sign for an underlying problem. Sleep apnea can be pretty serious for your pooch. The most severe cases can result in death, but even a mild instance can disrupt your dog's sleep.
- Loud and frequent snoring
- Gasping or choking while sleeping
- Sleeping during the day
Common causes of sleep apnea in dogs include allergies, being overweight, and obstructions in the dog's airway and nasal passages. If your dog is overweight, please consider feeding a food for older dogs for the sake of his long-term health!
Achoo! Allergies and Apneas
If your dog suffers from allergies, whether seasonal, caused by foods, or due to toxins in his environment, his allergies could inflame his airways to the point of blocking them off. A visit to his veterinarian is important because your vet can diagnose his problem and either prescribe a hypoallergenic diet or give him a prescription that will help his condition. Sometimes anti-inflammatory medications can be given. Also, essential oil based respiratory blends may be diffused in the dog’s sleep area. Consult a certified Aromatherapist or Holistic Veterinarian to aquire safe administration.
Dogs suffering from sleep apnea are often overweight and need to shed a few pounds. Your veterinarian can provide the right type of food so that your dog can be fed normally and still lose some weight. Also, exercise is important, so make sure to get out for your daily walk! Just like humans, dogs need proper food and regular exercise for optimal health. A “couch” potato is NOT just a ‘spoiled dog’…it is a health issue waiting to appear! Feeding a species appropriate, high quality kibble, designed for weight loss is recommend:
Sometimes you can predict your dog's sleep apnea risk just by looking at him! You see, some dog breeds with short noses (the fancy term for it is brachycephalic), like bulldogs and pugs, can suffer from copmlications due to obstructed airways. In this case, your veterinarian may need to perform surgery so that your pup can get more than a cat nap. And he'll be happy to breathe easier.
If you like to take a more holistic approach to assisting your dog in breathing easier, consult a pet Aromatherapist or Holistic Pet Professional for therapeutic, essential oil based respiratory blends such as these:
www.essentialoils4pets.com (use promo code : BullyBeds)
You may also want to consider a “calming blend” of essential oils to assist your dog in falling asleep faster, and stayng asleep. This will also help YOU get a better nights sleep as well!
Here is a video link to see what sleep apnea looks like in a dog:
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