What is sleep apnea in dogs?
Like humans, dogs can also have sleep apnea, a condition in which they stop breathing during the night.
They may wake up from this choking and gasping for air as they struggle to breath, which is very disruptive to their sleep and scary for them.
It can cause sudden death if not treated properly. Signs of sleep apnea include stopping breathing during sleep, snoring loudly, having trouble staying asleep, and grumpiness.
Some dog breeds are more inclined to have sleep apnea
The breeds that are more inclined to having sleep apnea include those with allergies and those with short noses like mastiffs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, shih tzus, pugs, Boston Terriers, boxers, or Rottweilers.
Dogs prone to obesity, including English bulldogs, are also more likely to have it. Your dog is obese if he weighs 10-20% over the normal body weight for his breed.