Is It Normal For Your Dog To Snore?

Is It Normal For Your Dog To Snore?

Snoring is usually related to airways being partially blocked, so just like humans, you may find your dog is a snorer. Working out what exactly is causing your dog to snore is sure to set your mind at rest of concern and helps to avoid disrupted sleep. There are many reasons why dogs snore from the simple to the more serious cases, it is important to get to the bottom of it. We are exploring why dogs snore, when it’s normal and when it isn’t.

SLEEPING POSITIONS

Your dog will usually have a position they like to sleep in most, and if that happens to be flat on their back, you may have a perfectly normal snorer on your hands. A dog laying on his back to sleep suggest their tongue will be partially obstructing airways and nasal passages which results in snoring.

BREEDS

The breed of your dog is also dependant on their snoring habits. Shih Tzus, Pugs and Bulldogs are brachycephalic which means they have a shorter and broader skull than many other breeds of dog, and have a snout. These breeds are commonly known for their snoring habits thanks to their skull shapes. Brachycephalic dogs breathing should be monitored, and professionally examined regularly, to ensure there are no serious issues with their respiratory areas and to ensure they do not need extra help or surgical enhancement to aid their breathing.

EXCESS WEIGHT

Excess weight can be a common cause for snoring and is reflective the same in dogs as their owners, the more you weigh the more likely you are to snore. Extra fat can surround the throat making it harder for your dog to breathe whilst sleeping, which is why it is very important to keep your dog in good shape and at a healthy weight for their size and shape.

DENTAL PROBLEMS

If your dog is not a regular snorer but suddenly adopts the habit, there are a few things that could be causing it, including dental problems. Abscessed teeth or a growth in your dog’s oral cavity or sinus can cause a bout of snoring from your pooch. Leaving this issue untreated can cause further problems for your dog including infection that could spread through their body and create a more serious illness.

SLEEPING ENVIRONMENT

What type of dog bed do you have? Plushie, soft dog beds do well to nullify the vibration of the snoring whereas wooden dog beds can exasabate the problem. If you’re looking to nullify the sound, you can experiment with soft furnishings and perhaps even a dog teepee. Dog teepees surround the dog into an enclosed area which may act to muffle the sound.

SHOULD YOU BE CONCERNED?

Snoring can be a normal habit but there are occasions when snoring is caused by underlying issues. If your dog begins to snore out of nowhere there is a chance this could be triggered by problems elsewhere. If the snoring is very loud or becomes uncharacteristically loud, laboured or getting progressively worse we recommend taking your pooch to vets to get them checked out for any hidden issues, which could be as small as an abscess or as problematic as sleep apnea. If you have a brachycephalic breed of dog it is important to get them checked out as soon as you get them, and throughout their lives, to rule out and check up on potential breathing obstruction etc.

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