What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a not so well known sleeping disorder that causes the person or animal or your chihuahua to stop breathing in the middle of it’s sleep. Either by obstructions of the airways, allergies, the position they sleep in, or just because they get so relaxed their brain is forgetting to breathe. It can be cause for concern, and in some rare cases it could cause death.
Does my chihuahua have sleep apnea?
Some tell signs that your chihuahua may have sleep apnea is loud and out of rhythm snoring, quickly waking up gasping for air, drowsiness or tiredness during the day that may cause them to take many more naps than seems normal. Make sure to keep an eye on your chihuahua while it sleeps and write down anything of concern so you may also consult with your veterinarian.
Some remedies exist that may easily fix any problems that are the cause of sleep apnea, for allergies I suggest consulting with your veterinarian as there may be medications to take. Also something to consider is assisting in clearing its nasal by using a washcloth very gently. The air in your house may also be very dry, consider using a humidifier which are also beneficial for you and your family.
You may also try a more comfortable bed for your chihuahua just Incase where it’s sleeping is just simply
uncomfortable. In extreme cases surgery may be the only option, but of course try a few other options available as I think that would be the last thing to resort to.