12 Reasons Your Dog Snores
Thursday, October 13, 2016 2:58 PM
It�s maybe okay for your dog to snore but if your dog snores while awake or excessively at night, then you should find out why and consult your vet. But, let�s look at some common causes.
- Allergy. If your dog has or is prone to allergies, some allergens can cause the air passages to narrow, which results in snoring. If the snoring is more severe during the pollen seasons and the dog snores after he�s been outdoors or in contact with smoke or different chemicals, the snoring may be caused by allergies.
- Fungal disease. Snoring can be the result of a fungal disease called aspergillosis.� The disease is triggered by mold, often picked up on grass clippings, hay, straw or dust.
- Respiratory infections and problems.
- Your furry has a pushed in face. The dog�s facial anatomy may cause the dog to snore while awake. There are some dog breeds like bulldogs or shar pei dogs that have pushed in faces and reduced air passages, which can cause breathing difficulties. Dogs with very short noses � pugs, Boston terriers � are more likely to have breathing issues at night.
- Secondhand smoke is an irritant to a dog�s respiratory system and can lead to snoring problems.
- Tumors. Tumors located in the nasal cavity may cause the dog to snore while he is awake. If your dog has a tumor in his nose, he may also display symptoms such as sneezing, nose bleeding or panting.
- Medications. Certain drugs, such as painkillers, muscle relaxants and tranquilizers can relax your dog so much that the muscles in the throat loosen up and cause snoring.
- Ingesting foreign objects. If the dog has ingested or inhaled a foreign object, this may cause a snoring noise while the dog is awake, as the object may block the air ways. Obstruction too could be a cause. If your dog has something stuck in his nose or throat � whether it's part of a pine cone or part of his favorite toy � it can block normal breathing and cause snoring.
- Rhinitis. Dogs can get "colds" just like we can and that can lead to stuffy noses. Your pet's mucus membranes get inflamed and irritated from an infection, fungus, trauma or other cause.
- Obesity. If you're pup has packed on some extra pounds , extra tissue in his throat can block the airways.
- Your dog may have sleep apnoea. This is a condition where breathing stops for a short time. The breathing often restarts with a loud snort or snore
- Dental problems. An abscessed tooth or any growth or mass in the oral cavity or sinus can be the root cause of snoring.
Breeds to watch out for:
- American Bulldog,
- Boston Terrier,
- Brussels Griffon,
- Cavalier King Charles
- Chow Chow,
- English Mastiff,
- English Toy Spaniel,
- French Bulldog,
- Japanese Spaniel,
- Lhasa Apso,
- Saint Bernard,
- Shar Pei,
- Shih Tzu, and
- Some mixed breeds.
Inspect the dog�s nose and throat and see if you can detect any foreign objects; use a pair of tweezers to extract the foreign object. If you fail to do so, visit a vet; he may need to perform anesthesia to remove the object.
Dogs that lay on their backs are more likely to snore than those that curl up or sleep on their stomachs.
Some dogs are born with excess tissue around their neck and throat; this tissue can interfere with a dog�s breathing under certain circumstances.
Did you know that an estimated 21% of all dogs snore? (By contrast, only 7% of our feline friends snore).
Antihistamine medications should be provided to alleviate the allergies and stop the snoring.
The symptoms of respiratory infections will disappear in up to 10 days, but the dog can carry the virus and infect other dogs, so it is important to diagnose the infection and keep the dog away from other pets.
Consider getting a dog bed that encourages them to curl up, which changes their sleeping position and may alleviate the snoring.
Does your dog have allergies? A hypo-allergenic washable bed can help with allergens inside the house.
Changing or washing the furnace filters will help cut down on airborne allergens.