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Assistant News Editor Lee Dryden was diagnosed with sleep apnea and uses a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to assist with breathing while sleeping. From a layman’s point of view, he will discuss the benefits, issues, challenges and frustrations of sleeping while wearing a mask.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Sleep apnea in dogs

  Not only do you have to keep an eye on your snoring spouse for sleep apnea, you have to watch for signs your dog could be afflicted as well.
  Then you take Rover for his sleep test and get him fitted for his CPAP mask.
  No, not really. That could get ugly.
  While CPAP therapy for dogs isn't a realistic option, canine apnea is a very real concern.
  It's most common in dogs with flat faces, such as pugs, English bulldogs and Boston terriers, according to Vetinfo.
  The warning signs are much the same as with humans: snoring, breathing interruptions during sleep, daytime sleepiness, etc. Sleep problems can get worse in the summer.
  Yes, being overweight can be a factor for dogs, too. Untreated apnea can lead to diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, just like us.
  There are several surgical options. See your veterinarian if you suspect your dog has apnea.

1 Comments:

OpenID renatae said...

Oh, my. Thank you for this and all your other posts. I never would have suspected this. My dog has diabetes. It's hard enough to inject her with insulin and give her her pills. I can't imagine having to try to get her into a mask, LOL.

November 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM 

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