Have you ever been watching TV or trying to get some sleep, only to be interrupted by your dog’s snoring? Although there are many reasons why dogs snore, we will cover a few of the most common reasons in this article.
Just like humans, dogs typically snore when there is some degree of airway obstruction. Certain breeds such as Pugs, English Bulldogs, and Shi Tzus are more likely to snore due to their broad skulls and short muzzles. These breeds and some others are considered brachycephalic due to their physical characteristics. Due to their flatter noses, they often breathe through their mouths. No matter how these breeds are positioned when sleeping, they just don’t get enough air into their nostrils and snoring occurs. If your dog experiences loud snoring, snorting, or frequent open mouth breathing, consult with one of our veterinarians here at DPC Veterinary Hospital. If the veterinarian determines that physical characteristics such as stenotic nares, an elongated soft palate, or eversion of the laryngeal saccules are contributing to your pet’s snoring or other respiratory difficulties, corrective surgery may be recommended to improve your pet’s quality of life.
Overweight dogs are also very likely to snore since the extra weight causes narrowing of the respiratory passages. There are claims that certain positions can cause pressure on the trachea, which can result in snoring. Often times, dogs sleeping on their backs or side are likely to snore. If this is the case with your dog, try putting its head on a pillow or moving your pet into a different position. Even though a few extra pounds may not seem like an issue, they can be detrimental to your pet’s health. Our veterinarians would be happy to suggest a special diet or lifestyle changes to help with your pet’s weight loss.
While DPC is happy to offers these few tips, we highly recommend that you have your pet examined by a veterinarian if you notice snoring, snorting, or other respiratory difficulties. There are several health issues that can block airways and noses such as respiratory infections, tumors, or even a foreign object stuck in the nasal passages! This is why it is so important to see your veterinarian for a diagnosis. We at DPC Veterinary Hospital in Davie, Florida look forward to taking care of your furry family members!