Why does my dog snore?

Ever wake up the sound of snoring, but it’s not from you or your significant other? You may just have a snoring dog on your hands. Dogs snore for a variety of reasons, from medical to anatomical. Here are a few that might surprise you.

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It’s hard to breath with a stuffy nose. Just like people, dogs are susceptible to allergies, colds, and upper respiratory infections, which can make it harder for them to breath through their nose at night. Giving your dog the right medication can help to ease their symptoms and make sleep easier and more restful for everyone.

An unidentified medical condition

If your dog starts snoring out of the blue, it might be because of an undiagnosed medical condition. Tumors, dental problems, and inhaled foreign body (like a small stick or piece of dirt) can all cause snoring. A checkup at the vet is a must if you suspect anything out of the ordinary; it can mean the difference between a healthy, happy dog and a sick, sad dog.

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Physical reasons

Dogs who are overweight are more prone to snoring than healthier dogs. With extra weight, it’s harder for them to breath through their nose or to get a full breath. If your dog could stand to lose a few pounds, get him or her on a strict diet and exercise regimen, to ensure they are getting the most from life when they’re awake and asleep.

It’s just their breed

Brachycephalic or flat-faced breeds–think Boxers, Boston Terriers, and Pugs, are more prone to snoring than breeds with a well-defined snout. That’s because it’s harder for them to intake enough air to keep their nasal passages clear enough to prevent a snore. While it’s more normal for these breeds to snore, be sure to get the checked out if you suspect it’s affecting their waking hours too: some dogs need their nasal passages opened more to be able to achieve optimum breathing.

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While snoring may seem cute, it can signal a bigger health problem. If you think there’s an underlying reason why your dog is snoring, have them evaluated by your vet. It could mean the difference between a restful day–and night–for the both you.

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