When your dog is sleeping next to you and starts to snore, you might think it’s kind of adorable or maybe the snoring keeps you up at night!
Dogs snore for the same reason s we do…something is blocking their upper airways.
Snoring is not always problematic, but it could be indicative of a medical or allergic condition.
Common Reasons For Snoring
Dogs snore for the same reasons most people do and are typically one of the below:
If you can’t detect any waist on your dog when looking down at him or her from above, then your dog is overweight.
Extra tissue and flabby tissue can push the upper airways closed.
Does your dog have any kind of cold, allergies or nasal discharge?
Mucus will definitely cause snoring by plugging up airways and will usually decrease when the dog’s nose clears up.
Having A Flat Face
That cuteness comes with a price.
Breeds like Pekinese, Pugs and Boston Terriers often have more nasal infections and easier blocked airways than longer nosed breeds.
Therefore, they almost always snore.
Allergies to dust, pollen, and dander can make it hard to breathe.
Many dogs have medications to help ease these problems, or it could be as simple as changing the air filter in your house.
Bad teeth can cause your dog to snore.
A bad tooth can lead to an abscess that penetrates the nasal sinus passages which cause snoring.
What You Should Do If Your Dog Snores
Try to get your puppy to change his or her sleeping position can greatly reduce snoring.
Many vets recommend getting your dog a round doggy bed that makes her or him curl up and therefore snore less.
If your dog is allergy-prone, try to take his or her walk when the pollen and pollution counts are lowest and less traffic.
And, as mentioned above, get an air filter for your home.
When The Snoring Becomes A Medical Condition
If your dog suddenly starts snoring when he or she has had no previous snoring history, get your vet to look at that nose on your pup.
Very rarely can snoring be a sign of tumors or cysts, but they do happen to the best of dogs.
If your dog seems to be gasping when sleeping, the vet must see your dog.
The same applies if your dog seems to have trouble breathing when he is awake.
Note Snoring By Keeping A Diary Or Videotaping Your Pup With Your Phone
Because snoring can be related to so many different causes, it can be helpful to keep a diary and note the changes in your dog’s behavior and health so your veterinarian can look for patterns.
For example, if your dog was snoring and sneezing last April and again this April, your dog probably has an allergy when spring arrives.
Use your phone to videotape your dog’s snoring.
The volume or pattern of snoring isn’t the only information that will help your veterinarian.
It is also helpful to know if the snoring is accompanied by sneezing, nasal discharge or nasal bleeding.
Identifying the way in which your dog is snoring, especially if the snoring is a new development, is an important part of working out the root cause of the issue.
Then your vet can determine whether the snoring is indicative of a health problem that may require treatment, or is generally no cause for concern (as long as you don’t mind the rumble when sleeping.)
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