How is sleep apnea treated in dogs?
If obesity is the issue, your dog may have to take a prescription diet with special food and/or reduce his food intake. The veterinarian may recommend more exercise as well.
Your dog might must also go on prescription drugs or, in extreme cases, undergo surgery if there are obstructions in his nose, like deformed airways or nostrils.
If allergies are the problem, your veterinarian may do an allergy test by injecting your dog with different types of allergens to see how he reacts, and then recommending the necessary treatment like anti-inflammatory drugs or fatty acid supplementation. You may should also clean your house often and wash your dogs’bedding frequently to prevent dust, if that’s what the issue is.
Is snoring always a sign of sleep apnea?
You should note that not all snoring points to sleep apnea. For example, your dog may like different sleeping positions, and sometimes choose ones that trigger snoring.
Also, if your dog has nasal discharge or is sneezing and coughing together with snoring, then he may just have a respiratory infection or a cold.
He’ll likely just need some antibiotics to get better. Sleep apnea, in contrast, is loud, consistent snoring that wakes your dog up.