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Old 10-10-2017, 10:11 AM
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Sleep Apnea - Pug!! Help

I have an 8 yr old pug that I adopted from an individual about 6 months ago. He had pneumonia when I got him but I was not aware of it until I took him to the vet a couple of weeks in. The previous owner had answers for all of the concerns I had such as low weight, dull eyes, labored breathing, reluctance to sleep.
Forward to now, after months of medication and treatment, I have him as healthy as can be expected. The vet said that because he was so sick and had been for so long, he has permanent scarring on his lungs and may need medication for the rest of his life.
So to the issue....... He doesn't ever sleep. He will occasionally doze for a few second and then jumps up gasping for breath. When he lays his head down, he obviously can't breathe. I give him a bronchodilator twice a day and use a vaporizer in the room with him at night. It is so bad that he literally collapses in exhaustion sometimes and sometimes runs into walls and doors. It seems that there are rare occasions where I can get him in my lap and get him into a position where he can breath that he steals a few minutes of sleep.
I am looking for ideas on how to get him some rest; feedback from anyone else that has experience with this issue; maybe additional medications to try; beds that might be helpful.
I have actually searched for doggie CPAP machines, so no suggestion would be too outrageous.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:22 PM
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Wow, he is really fortunate you came along and saved him, as his former owner certainly did not provide adequate care for him. He obviously needs to sleep and get rest so his body can regenerate. There must be Pulmonologists Vets that specialize in respiratory issues, and that would be who you should take him to for an evaluation. I frankly do not know what is available for dogs in the way of respiratory assist machines. Hard to visualize a dog tolerating a Cpap attached to him, but the Pulmonologist should be able to lead you to the right device and medication.
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