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Bulldog falling sleep standing up.then not breathing for short while

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Wesley123, Oct 10, 2018.


  1. Wesley123

    Wesley123 PetForums Newbie

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    Family dog is litteraly falling sleep standing up,then he falls down and is hardly breathing then big breaths again and wakes himself up.this is last resort as even the vets don't know what's wrong with him.has this happend to any one? Thanks
     
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    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

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    Find a new vet who will do more examinations. Bulldogs have awful airways which puts strain on the heart and lungs. Is it possible that he's not getting enough oxygen to his brain and this is why he's passing out? You need a second opinion, there is obviously something serious going on.
     
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    Wesley123 PetForums Newbie

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    He's been local vets.and a renowned bulldog specialist,and all are pretty much baffled.
     
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    picaresque Mongrelist

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    He's sleeping standing up because that's how he can best breathe properly :( then when he inevitably falls down he's struggling to get air and wakes up. Is he not a candidate for BOAS surgery?
     
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    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

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    It's definitely a symptom of BOAS. Here's a link to Fitzpatrick referrals on the disease https://www.fitzpatrickreferrals.co.uk/soft-tissue-service/brachycephalic-syndrome/

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    BOAS impacts on all aspects of a brachycephalic dog’s life. Their sleep, for instance, is frequently of poor quality, similar to Sleep Apnea in humans: dogs tend to choke when they fall into sleep, which wakes them up until they snooze again and so on. Many brachycephalic dogs are consequently chronically sleep deprived.
     
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    Wesley123 PetForums Newbie

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    He has recently had an operation on the back of his throat,like having your tonsils out,but he I past recovery stage on that side,it's like it's in his head,even the vet said that.
     
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    Wesley123 PetForums Newbie

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    That is exactly what is happening.we are ringing the vets tomorrow and hopefully we get him sorted.i thank you greatly.
     
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    Poor boy hope they can find out what's wrong with him and get it sorted out quickly.
     
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    He had an operation on his soft pallet,which they are saying is another word for what you have said.is that right?
     
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    Is the vet you're currently seeing the one who performed the surgery? Did he improve after the op only to relapse or what? There's obviously still a problem, he could well need further surgery as is often the case with these breeds (it's tragic tbh). I wouldn't accept being fobbed off - if the vets you have seen are 'baffled' you need to find another one who will properly investigate.
     
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