My Dog Snores: What Should I Do?

December 9, 2018

It’s not uncommon for pet owners to be sitting comfortably on their couches, however, whenever they hear some strange loud noises. That’s right — the dog is snoring. Do dogs really snore? It seems so, and this My Animals article will explain why your dog snores, and whether anything can be done to help him. 

Why your dog snores

Here are the different reasons why a dog might snore:

Snub-nosed dogs

Small puppy

Bulldogs, pugs, and other breeds are dogs that have difficulty breathing. All dog breeds with flat snouts snore. Why? Well, the shape of their snouts and noses make it complicated to breathe by using their nose. On its way to the larynx, the air “hits” the nasal cavities, creating sounds that seem like snoring.

Obstacles in air pathways

Dogs like sniffing everything, no matter what it is or the surface type. That includes sandy or grassy soil in which there are tiny particles or small objects that can get sucked into the animal’s nostrils, making it difficult to breathe.

If your dog has never snored before, and now he suddenly does, something might be obstructing their nose, which is you should become so you should go to the vet.

Your dog snores because of a disease

Like humans, dogs get colds and are prone to infections that might make them snore. They can have chest mucus, or throat infections, among other things. Also, it’s common for some dogs to have small benign tumors in their snouts that hinder their breathing.

No matter what, it’s important to ask a veterinarian.

How to prevent your dog from snoring

Some causes of snoring have no solution, like a  dog that’s snub-nosed. However, other causes can be fixed.

  • Put them on a diet. Just like people, some dogs may snore because they’re overweight. This is something you can tell just by looking at your dog. Most likely, they had never snored before, until they recently gained some weight. So, there’s a good chance that your dog snores because they’re overweight.
  • Thoroughly vacuum the house. Dogs can get allergies just like the ones that humans get, such as dust. If there are carpets or rugs in your home, then you should vacuum them thoroughly whenever you can. This will probably help your pet breathe better.
  • Take them to the vet. If you think you’re unable to figure out why your dog snores, then you should take them to the vet so that he/she can figure out why he’s snoring.
  • Buy them a pillow. A small pillow to keep their head slightly raised can be helpful to stop them from snoring.
  • Change their bed to a round one. Sleeping curled up can help your dog if they snore. A round bed will help them maintain a certain position that consists of their back being in a comfortable position, which will make their nostrils be able to breathe more easily.

As you can see, there are many reasons why your dog might snore. Some are more serious than others. However, you need to keep an eye on any changes in your dog’s breathing, no matter how small they may be. Take your dog to the vet so he/she can decide what to do.

Funny snoring dogs

Meanwhile, take a look at the funny positions your dog sleeps in and listen to their angelic sounds that aren’t always snores. Watch this video of dogs’ sleeping positions, snoring, dreaming, and the sounds they make while sleeping. Do any of them remind you of your pet?