There are several reasons your doggy SNORES – if your doggy is a NATURAL SNORER (they are healthy and there are no underlying health issues) you shouldn’t worry about stopping it!
This post is to find the funny side of a NATURALLY SNORING DOGGY but we have included more important information after just in case!
WE HAVE OUR OWN SUGGESTIONS TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR SNORING DOGGY!
- Get a pair of fabulous ear plugs for yourself!
- Ask your doggy if they don’t mind sleeping somewhere else! (may go down badly but just putting it out there!)
- Watch the boxset of ‘FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS’ with the brilliant Paul O’Grady all through the night – this way you have no idea where the doggy noise is coming from!
- If all the above fails – WELL! – you could just learn to love the sound of trumpet like breathing!
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Common causes of canine snoring
- Obesity. Overweight dogs are often chronic snorers. Extra fat could compress their airways and ribcage.
- Sleep position: Some dogs sleep in positions that naturally constrict their airways, causing them to snore until they roll over or adjust.
- Allergies. If pollen, hay, mold, or dust bothers you, it could be affecting your dog too. Your pup may be suffering from seasonal allergies.
- Pollution. Air pollution can irritate your dog’s respiratory system, just like yours.
- Blockage. Your pup may have inhaled something that’s blocking their airway.
- Infection. If your dog has an infection, their airways may be inflamed, leading to snores.
- Cold. If your dog has a runny nose and is sneezing, the mucus and phlegm in their system might be restricting their airways.
- Sleep apnea. Loud snoring is often a common sign of sleep apnea.
- Dental issues, rhinitis, and fungal disease. Bad teeth can lead to abscesses. These grow inside the nasal passage and can cause swelling or obstruction.
- Smoke and Irritants. Second-hand smoke, perfumes, and even air fresheners may be bothering your dog’s respiratory system.
- Medications. Muscle relaxers or medications that cause drowsiness may cause your dog’s muscles to relax and constrict their airway.
- Polyps. These may form on or near your dog’s airways.
Dog breeds that are naturally prone to snoring
Short-nosed (brachycephalic) breeds are far more likely to snore than others. Their snouts are shorter, and some have lots of skin bunched up at the front of their faces. While cute, these brachycephalic breeds are much more likely to be natural snorers:
- Shih tzus