Hi - thank you for accepting us into this group. I have a 6 yr old SARDS boy named Gus. He lost his sight in Dec within a space of a week. He is adapting well. He had BOAS surgery last Oct and now seems to suffer with sleep apnea. Not sure what that actually means but he sleeps then wakes up gasping for air and it always gives me a heart attack. He sleeps on the floor in our bedroom in his own bed. He's never had this issue before BOAS. Any advice on how to help in at night? xx
Last edited by Bmjenkins3; 02-18-2021 at 01:49 AM.
So sorry to hear that Gus has SARDS - that must have been a terrible shock for you all! The dogs seem to accept these things far easier than we do. As for the sleep apnea, I don’t honestly know how this would be treated in a dog, but it must have similar health implications as it does in humans. I can only suggest that you get in touch with a BOAS specialty centre eg Cambridge for advice. This article does mention sleep apnea and what causes it but not what to do about it!
Hope you can get some answers for your boy!
Bree, Xanthe and Darwin
Hello and to PugVillage. Glad you have joined us. I'm sorry I don't have any advice to offer but we are happy you and your Puggie are here. Would love to see pix of Gus.
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Hi & I'm sorry your boy is having these problems......I agree about asking your vet & maybe a specialist about the apnea. Could it possibly still be from swelling from the surgery, or scar tissue? After we got Heidi at 4 years old, we had the surgery to enlarge her nares & trim her elongated soft palate, & for quite awhile afterward, I feared that I'd made her problems worse as far as her breathing . She improved so slowly that it was probably 6 months before I realized "Hey, she isn't waking up gasping anymore!" She often likes to sleep with her chin propped up on one of her beloved toy pheasants, or on the edge of her bed. So glad you found us--this site is full of caring, supportive people! And yes, we would love to see pictures & hear more about your sweet boy!
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Hello & to the village! I'm so sorry your boy is having all these problems. I have no experience with them, just wanted to welcome you.
Jackie,Mom to Robbie & Stacy my human children and Tinker my furkid.
Welcome to PugVillage!
I'm so sorry your boy is having these issues. I also wonder if the sleep apnea could be from lingering swelling after the BOAS?
Sending some positive vibes and best wishes for Gus and I hope you are able to get some answers and a treatment plan for him.
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Thank you all for the lovely welcome and great advice.
He is adapting well and still mapping his way around the house and on walks. He doesn't play with his toys anymore which is heartbreaking. He always use to bring us a toy when we would go out and come back and use to love sucking his octopus, he doesn't do that anymore as for zoomies boy do I miss those. I know its early days and it will at least 6 months for him to adapt to this new normal way of life. I try and find puzzles for him to do and fill his kong with healthy snacks and he seems to be ravenous due to this condition, he was a piggy before anyway . I am hoping that the sleep apnea is due to lingering swelling post BOAS surgery. I will post pics just figuring out how to upload photos xx