While a snoring dog can be a pretty cute sound to listen to (or not, depending on how loud it is!), should you be worried? Well, it depends…
There are a number of reasons your dog is a snorer.
1️⃣ 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗱
Some breeds are more predisposed to snoring. Brachycephalic dogs - such as pugs, bulldogs and boxers - have shorter noses, which means their airways are shorter, and as a result, causes them to snore.
2️⃣ 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘆’𝗿𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗿𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗿𝗮 𝘄𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁
Just like humans, weight is also a key factor in snoring decibels. Because extra fat is impacting your dog’s air passage, their airways can become blocked, which equals snoring.
3️⃣ 𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗿𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀
Snoring can also be caused by allergies such as dust, pollen or other irritants around the home. The inflammation caused by these allergies can limit airflow, leading to snoring.
4️⃣ 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝘀𝗹𝗲𝗲𝗽
Sleeping can also impact snoring. Back sleepers are often chronic snorers – this is due to their lounge rolling into their throat when they lay on their back, again obstructing their air passage. A gentle nudge to change their sleeping position can often stop positional snoring.
If your dog starts to snore after years of silence, then a trip to the vet is necessary. Your dog may be suffering from an infection, an allergy or inflammation from an irritant, and it is important to get the cause of the sudden snoring checked out.
If you’re ever concerned about your dog’s health, then it’s important to get them checked over by a vet.
Moorabbin Veterinary Hospital is conveniently open 7 days a week, and our highly experienced vets are here to help. You can book an appointment via our website at www.moorabbinvet.com.au or call the clinic on 03 9555 4808.
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