My sister, Julie, has a dog named Chase that seems to snore through the night. When he sleeps on her bed, she can hear him all night long! While it is both cute and irritating, she was wondering why her dog is snoring and if it is a common behavior in all dogs.
As it turns out, dogs snore for the exact same reason as people snore - something is blocking their upper airways. Snoring is not the worst thing that could happen to your dog, but it can be bothersome. No need to lose any more sleep than you have to. Here's what you need to know:
Why do dogs snore?
Dogs snore for the same reasons most people do:
1. Being Overweight: 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.
2. Nasal Congestion: 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.
3. Use of Tranquilizers: Being on any pain reduction or anti-contestant medicines will relax your dog's muscles to the point that they press and partially block his airwaves. Try not to let your dog drink alcohol, no matter how funny your friends think it is.
I’m Chase.. So what if I snore?!
4. 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. Consequentially, they almost always snore.
5. Someone in your family smokes: Tobacco smoke is a big irritant. It's not fair to expect your dog to stop snoring if he or she has to live with a smoker.
What you should do if your dog snores:
1. Try to get your dog 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.
2. If your dog is allergy prone, try to take his or her walk when the pollen and pollution counts are lowest and less traffic.
When the snoring becomes a medical condition:
1. If your dog suddenly starts snoring when he or she has had no previous snoring history, get your vet to look at that nose. Very rarely can snoring be a sign or tumors or cysts, but they do happen to the best of dogs.
2. 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.
3. If none of the recommends from above have helped and your dog still snores, it is definitely time to take your dog to the vet.
If you can’t find the solution and it isn’t a medical condition, then it might be time to move the dog out of the bedroom and into his or her own bed. Your dog will still love you, even if you do have to sleep in separate beds.
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