It can be frustrating when your partner or someone who shares the same space with you deprives you of good sleep because they snore. 

But sometimes, this snore could be from your dog, making you wonder why exactly is your dog snoring.

In most cases, your dog snoring can easily be fixed, so if you’re wondering how you could stop your dog from snoring, you could relax knowing it might not be something you would have to live with forever.

What are the reasons for my dog snoring?

Like humans, dogs’ snoring can be traceable to breathing problems. Your dog snoring is different from it having a stuffy nose. When your dog snores, the soft palate or other pharyngeal tissues are caused to vibrate as inspired air is drawn through a narrowed air passage.

Obesity

Many dogs suffer from obesity. Your dog being obese could make it have breathing troubles. Ensuring your dog has a healthy weight would go a long way in preventing it from having respiratory issues or snoring.

To help your dog maintain a healthy weight, feed it the right amount of food and nutrients every day, have it exercise regularly, try not to give it too many treats, and reduce or never give your dog table scraps.

Allergy

If you notice your dog starts snoring during summer, it is most likely because your dog is reacting to a seasonal allergy. If your dog is allergic to dust or pollen, it might have inhaled some while running around, making it produce extra mucus that narrows your dog’s air passage. Another reason your dog might be snoring could be how it sleeps.

You might have noticed that your dog, just like us humans, the position your dog uses to sleep could be restricting his airways and making your dog snore. Your dog laying flat on its back could block its airway when it sleeps and make it snore. This could easily be fixed and isn’t a sign of something serious.

Carrying your dog and changing its sleeping position to ensure it sleeps on its side instead of its back should fix this. Getting your dog a small pillow for it to sleep on and keep its head elevated would also help your dog stop snoring. Some beds come with built-in pillows and would be a great option for your dog. Beds with built-in pillows are a great bet cause your dog is less likely to toss around, change its position and not use the pillow.

Nose Blockage

A likely reason your dog might have snored recently is that it has something stuck in its nose. If your dog enjoys digging through dirt or trash with reckless abandon or running through the grass, nose-first chances are it might have picked up something.

Whenever your dog feels uncomfortable in his nostrils, there is a chance something might get stuck in it. If the reason your dog is snoring is a temporal obstruction gotten from digging around, the snoring would only last temporarily.

If your dog doesn’t stop snoring within a few days, then it might need help to get rid of whatever is stuck in its nose, and it would be best if you visited the vet.

There might also be a chance your dog has a tumour or cyst if the snoring lasts for more than a few days. This is a severe health condition that would require your vet’s attention immediately.

Some symptoms to help you decide if your dog needs to be seen by a vet due to its unexplained snoring is your dog having a green or bloody nasal discharge, which could be a sign of an infection or blockage in your dog’s air passage. The earlier you find these issues, the better for your dog’s health. 

Is dog snoring unhealthy?

While your dog snoring can be highly annoying, it could be a sign of an underlying health problem for your dog. Snoring is associated with a reduced airflow in your dog, affecting and reducing its oxygen levels and ability to tolerate heat (breathing is one way dogs regulate their body temperature), which could be potentially life-threatening.

Dog breeds that are most likely to snore

Flat-faced dog breeds are more likely to snore due to breeding that has made them have short noses and easily constricted airways.

When dogs are bred to have small skulls and snouts, the soft palette in the back of their throat doesn’t change, which can be a problem.

Dog breeds like the English bulldogs, Chihuahuas, Chow Chows, Pugs, Boston terriers, Boxers, Shih Tzus, Persians, and the Himalayas are more likely to snore.

These breeds are brachycephalic, meaning your dog has a broad skull, enlarged soft palates, and a shorter snot and skull than the average dog, i.e. your dog has a short breathing passage, and the tissue in your dog’s airway is pulled in and obstructs the airway. 

Brachycephalic dogs are prone to breathing complications and could also snore for their whole lives with no serious underlying health issues.

If your dog is a brachycephalic breed, a lot of factors could make your dog snore. 

The way your dog’s body is positioned when it is sleeping, the length of your dog’s nose and how your dog’s neck is shaped are all factors that could affect your dog’s breathing and contribute to snoring. 

Your dog having a brachycephalic breed means you don’t have to worry too much about your dog snoring or having its snoring checked out by your vet. 

Although you should be cautious that your dog has a higher chance of having potential breathing complications.

How to stop your dog from snoring

For most dogs, fixing their weight problem would go a long way in stopping their snoring and ensure you have a healthy dog.

Having your dog exercise daily and reducing its diet but ensuring it gets the required amount of calories it needs should help your dog lose weight over time. 

Most dogs need about 25 to 30 calories per pound per day to maintain their weight.

It is considered that dogs should get anything between 30 minutes to 2 hours of exercise daily.

Your dog’s breed would determine how much exercise it needs, as large and giant dog breeds, like the german shepherd, great dane, retrievers and collies, will need more exercise.

In contrast, small dog breeds, like pugs, chihuahuas, terriers, chow chows, and Maltese, require little exercise or physical activity daily. 

It would be best if you spoke to your vet about helping your dog lose weight, its exercise regime and diet.

Some other good tips to stop your dog from snoring include:

  • Changing your dog’s sleeping position, especially if your dog enjoys sleeping on its side or back. You could put a pillow underneath its head to prop up and keep your dog’s neck straight while it sleeps. Or, you could buy a round bed for your dog to encourage it to sleep in a curled position, as this would expand your dog’s air passage. Ensuring your dog sleeps on its belly with its head straight should also help it stop snoring.
  • Try getting an air humidifier for your dog. If you live in an arid climate, dry air could make your dog’s nose get irritated, causing it to snore while it sleeps. An air humidifier increases the amount of moisture in the air and helps your dog breathe easier.
  • If your dog is brachycephalic, a visit to the vet will do it no harm. You could visit the vet to have your dog checked out regularly as brachycephalic dog breeds because their short noses have breathing problems. While they might still snore, you could learn about any underlying breathing issue your dog has.
  • Check your dog for symptoms of it having an infection like cold, seasonal allergies or an allergic reaction to something else.
  • Ensuring your dog stays in a clean environment would also help. Wash or change your dog’s bedding twice a week to get rid of dust or allergens that might irritate its nose and cause it to snore. 
  • Change the rooms your dog sleeps in.

When should I visit a vet?

If your dog shows a cold or infection symptoms along with its snoring, you should immediately try to visit your vet. A green or bloody nasal discharge is a sign something is wrong with your dog.

Although brachycephalic dogs are more likely to snore for most of their lives due to their short snort and air passage, you should be cautious because they are more likely to have breathing problems.

It would be best to visit your vet to ensure your dog does not have a breathing problem.

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