Why Does a Dog Snore in its Sleep?


How funny a dog snoring in a dream looks! But, alas, the owners are touched by this only at first. Dog snoring can become a real problem for the household, especially if it becomes chronic or becomes too loud. Why does a dog snore during sleep and how to get rid of this feature?

Snoring is considered normal in Pugs, French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Boxers, and other brachycephalic breeds. This predisposition is due to the structure of the muzzle: a shortened nose, an elongated palate, a flatter larynx, and nostrils impede the movement of air, even if the animal is completely healthy.

A pet of a brachycephalic breed must be regularly shown to a veterinarian, however, like any other dog. Favorite breeds belonging to this group are prone to obesity, asthma, and problems with the cardiovascular system much more than their relatives. And since puffing, grunting, and snoring are phenomena that often accompany these dogs throughout their lives, owners rarely attach importance to them. However, such an inattentive attitude often leads to the development of chronic diseases in animals. If you notice a change in the intensity and frequency of snoring in your pet, you should be alert.

For other breeds, the sudden onset of snoring is a warning sign. The first thing the owner needs to do in this case is to figure out why the dog snores.

Snoring reasons:

Weakening of the throat muscles. This phenomenon is most often encountered by owners of older dogs and pets who are taking sedatives or are recovering from surgery;

An improper bite can also interfere with the passage of air through the nasal cavity;

Obesity, including deposits on the throat, is also a likely cause of snoring in dogs. This can be signaled by the characteristic grunting when walking, and shortness of breath;

Swelling of the mucous membranes due to allergic reactions or colds can cause unwanted sounds. This also includes a runny nose and even asthma.

A special condition in which a dog snores is apnea – the sudden stop of breathing while sleeping. It is often possible to notice how a dog freezes in a dream, stops breathing and then swallows air with a characteristic sound. Such breathing stops are life-threatening for your pet! During pauses, internal organs receive less oxygen, which can lead to the development of serious diseases.

What to do?

It is almost impossible to independently figure out the causes of snoring in a dog; you need to visit a veterinarian. He will conduct the necessary examination and prescribe treatment.

It also happens that, according to the results of analyzes and research, it turns out that the pet is healthy, but at the same time he still snores in his sleep. What to do in this case?

Keep an eye on the cleanliness and humidity in the apartment. Do not use air fresheners, eau de toilette with a strong odor, which can irritate the animal’s nasopharynx, and also cause an allergic reaction. The same goes for the smell of tobacco and cigarettes. Dogs do not tolerate smoke very well;

Walk regularly, play with your pet, if possible, try to protect it from stressful situations;

If your dog is overweight, put him on a diet. Obesity is a disease that not only provokes the development of snoring but also increases the load on the internal organs, blood vessels, and joints;

If the dog is allergic, then in the spring, during flowering, choose suitable places for walking. But the change in the usual route should take place without compromising their quality and duration.

Analyze your pet’s sleeping place. It should be convenient and comfortable.


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