sleep apnea?


Wrinkle Wiper
Mar 23, 2010
Rockingham, VT
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Horse has (undiagnosed) sleep apnea, that for some reason I can sense so I give him a little nudge or kick and he takes a breath. I was wondering if anyone else has experience with bully sleep apnea, what causes it, and if there's a solution besides being a light sleeper and kicking him to breath! I never though much about it, but after Horse had a sleepover at my parents, my mom (the nurse) was asking me about it.


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Mar 24, 2010
Orange Park,FL
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I am the google queen lol..If i dont know the answer i always google till i find it. This is some results from my search
Not necessarily wrong – most bulldogs have a minor form of sleep apnea
(like most overweight humans do). If you have not done so already, take your boy to a vet specializing in (or at least VERY familiar with) brachycephalic breeds and have them check for an elongated palate or crimped snares (extremely narrow nostrils), which would make breathing harder for him – and would be more noticable during heavy sleepingRecent work indicates that upper airway dilator muscles of individuals with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) demonstrate an increased level of activity during wakefulness compared with normal subjects. In addition, massive bursts of pharyngeal dilator activity are associated with the termination of upper airway occlusive events during sleep. This complex pattern of altered pharyngeal dilator activation is also observed in the English bulldog, an animal model of OSAS. In the present study, it was hypothesized that such alterations in activity level might lead to changes in the structure of pharyngeal muscles in the bulldog. Full-thickness biopsies were obtained from two pharyngeal dilator muscles, the sternohyoid (SH) and geniohyoid, as well as a limb muscle, the anterior tibialis, in bulldogs (n = 5) and control dogs (n = 7). Immunohistochemical analysis of myosin heavy chain expression revealed an increased contribution of fast type II myosin heavy-chain fibers to SH in bulldogs. The bulldog SH also demonstrated increased connective tissue content compared with control dogs, consistent with the presence of fibrosis. Both pharyngeal dilators in the bulldog exhibited an elevated proportion of morphologically abnormal fibers indicative of ongoing or prior injury. No differences in any of the above parameters were seen between bulldogs and control dogs in the anterior tibialis limb muscle. We conclude that the chronic load and altered pattern of usage imposed on the upper airway dilators in OSAS lead to myopathic changes that may ultimately impair the ability of these muscles to maintain pharyngeal patency


Jul 31, 2010
Grafton, OHIO
Bulldog(s) Names
Maggie (My Angel Baby 5/31/2012). Daddy (2 years). Linus (1year). Bella (4 years)
I am looking at this ... and looking at the clock and deciding my brain is not functioning enough to understand the above post. Therefore, I am replying to it so that tomorrow morning I will be able to find it easily and , after the morning cup of tea, my brain will be able to understand words of more than two syllables. :eek:

But for the record, I have noticed that Maggie seems to "pause" her breathing sometimes when she's sleeping on our bed at night.


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Jan 28, 2010
Tucson, Arizona
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The Home of the Desert Sky Pack
^^^ That post made me giggle. :lol:


Pistol Packing Bullyagrapher
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May 5, 2010
United States
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Vegas and Orion
Orion has to be nudged all the time. She is so loud....that when she is sleeping and ISNT making noise, my husband will pause the TV and everyone stops what they are doing until she breathes again. One her noise starts up, our regular programming continues.:whew:


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May 7, 2010
Southern California
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I'm not sure if that is sleep apnea but I just want to add that how loud she is is one of the things I love about her. She always sounds like a little snorting piggy to me and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that!!! (I love piggys so when I make that comparison I mean it in the best way possible)

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