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can dogs get sleep apnea if so, what are the symptoms and ...

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can dogs get sleep apnea? if so, what are the symptoms and how do you diagnose and treat it? what age does it normally present?

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Age: <1; Female; Breed: American Bulldog/Saint Bernard

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Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
Dogs can have problems with their noses, soft palates or tracheas that cause their breathing to be cut off.
Its more usually seen in shorter nosed breeds and the mix you have might match that.
You can read here about the problems with really short faced breeds and then see how this might apply to your puppy
http://www.petsurgery.com/surgicaldiseasesofairway.html
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/brachycephalic-syndrome/page3.aspx
Some things can be surgically corrected.
I think you need to discuss the problem your dog has with your pet's vet.
Hope this helps you!
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Nancy Holmes's Post: she also just got vaccinated for distemper, parvo, and rabies... is this a vaccine reaction? i dont have the money for the emergency clinic but if it is a true emergency im sure i can scrape it together... is it worthy of going to the emergency clinic?
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
Yes it could be a vaccine reaction and you need to make sure to notify your vet of that so it will be in her chart.
You can try Benadryl at a dose of 1 to 2 mg per pound of dog so a 50 pound dog would get two of the 25 mg tablets up to 3 or 4 of them to help with this.
Plain Benadryl only no cold type.
If that helps some but not enough then see the emergency vet for stronger meds.
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Customer: replied 11 years ago.
thank you so much for your help! you were wonderful!!
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
Glad to help - hope your dog is OK!

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