Sleep Apnea in Dogs?

Sleep Apnea in Dogs?

Today is International Moment of Laughter Day, so we wanted to focus a post on a subject with a little levity. Does your dog snore? Does sleep apnea in dogs really exist? Some veterinarians think that sleep apnea can be a risk for the furrier members of our families. Many of you have questions about canine and feline sleep apnea and some evidence shows that overweight dogs, similar to overweight people, are at a higher risk for sleep apnea.

Even specific breeds such as Bulldogs, Pugs, and Persians might be more prone to sleep apnea because of their shortened faces, according to some veterinarians. And while there's no such thing as a doggy CPAP, there are surgical procedures that can help cure sleep apnea in dogs depending on where the issue resides.

sleeping dog

Those of us who have pets know how important they are in our lives, so it makes sense that we'd want to take care of them to the best extent that we can. It is a silly thought, though, to picture a dog with sleep apnea wearing a CPAP mask, and just FYI we'd probably recommend a full face CPAP mask to handle the whiskers and make a good seal.

Here at The CPAP Shop, we wish you and all of your furry friends a happy and easy-breathing International Moment of Laughter Day. We'd love to hear whether you think your dog has sleep apnea, and whether your vet helped to treat it!  And we hope to have brought you a smile!

We're not experts on treatments for animals, but if you have a question about CPAP equipment for humans, feel free to get in touch with us. You can find many ways to connect with us at the very bottom of the page.

Sue McCrossin