It is not uncommon for pet owners to sit comfortably on the couch when they begin to hear strange noises. Yes, your dog snores. But do dogs really snore? It seems so, and this My Animals article will explain why your dog does it and whether there is anything you can do to help.
Here are some of the reasons why your dog snores:
Bulldogs, pugs and other flat-nosed breeds are dogs that have difficulty breathing. Why? Because the shape of their nose makes it complicated to breathe with it. On the way to the larynx, the air “hits” the nasal passages, which creates the snoring sound.
Obstacles in the airways
Dogs like to smell everything, no matter what it is or what type of surface it is on. It includes sandy or grassy soil, where there are small particles or objects that can be sucked into the nostrils and make it difficult to breathe.
If your dog has never snored before and now suddenly does, something may be blocking his nose. If this is the case, go straight to the vet.
Your dog snores due to an illness
Like humans, dogs catch colds and are prone to infections that make them snore. They may have mucus in the chest or throat infections, among other things. It is also common for some dogs to have small benign tumors in their noses that prevent breathing.
Regardless of how it is, it is important to talk to a veterinarian.
Some cases of snoring cannot be solved, such as brachycephalic dogs. But other causes can be solved:
- Put the dog on a diet. Just like humans, dogs can snore because they are overweight. This is something you can notice just by looking at it. It has probably never snored before, until it gained weight. Therefore, the risk of snoring is high due to obesity.
- Vacuum the house thoroughly. Dogs can get allergies just like humans, including dust. If there are carpets in the home, you should vacuum them properly whenever you can. This will allow the animal to breathe better.
- Take your pet to the vet. If you can not figure out why your dog is snoring, you should take it to the vet for an examination.
- Buy a pillow. A small pillow to keep your head slightly higher can help reduce snoring.
- Change the bed to a round variant. Sleeping together can help the dog if it snores. A round bed ensures that it maintains a specific position, where the back remains in a comfortable position and the nostrils can breathe easier.
As you can see, there are many reasons why your dog snores. Some more serious than others. But you need to keep track of any changes in your dog’s breathing, no matter how small they are. Take your dog to the vet so he can decide what is best to do.
Funny snoring dogs
In the meantime, you can look at the fun sleeping positions your dog has and listen to the angelic sounds it makes. Also watch the video below, which shows sleeping, snoring and dreaming dogs. Does any of them remind you of your four-legged friend?