It's one thing when your husband snores at night or on the couch when he falls asleep watching your favorite TV show, but when your fluffy little cuddly best friend does it as well you find yourself worrying and wondering why.
Besides being worrying, it can be loud and annoying. Here are some reasons why that four-legged friend of yours is sawing logs.
Snoring is the sound caused by the vibrations of respiratory systems moving air during sleep. Snoring is the result of an obstruction of the airway usually produced by the uvula and soft palate.
There are some breeds that are just prone to snore because of their breed-related anatomy. Brachycephalic breeds -- the breeds with very short noses, such as English/French bulldogs, Boston terriers and pugs -- have a natural tendency to snore. But it’s a good idea to check with your veterinarian to make sure the snoring is normal and not an indication of a health issue.
A pug or Boston terrier might be born with nostrils that are squeezed almost shut. That can be corrected by a surgical procedure.
Heavy people tend to snore and so do heavy dogs. As your dog breathes in and out, obesity makes the trachea rings slam shut. Not good -- it's a sign he needs more walks and less food.
Allergies can also make it difficult for dogs to breathe properly.If your dog is allergy-prone, the exposure to dust, pollen and smoke may contribute to the late-night buzzing serenade.
Then there are dental problems. When was the last time you had your dog's teeth cleaned? Bad teeth can cause your dog to snore. A bad tooth can lead to an abscess that penetrates the nasal sinus passages. Left untreated, dental problems can become a source of infection for the whole body, which could lead to kidney failure down the road.
Do you have a gold digger? A dog thats constantly digging in the yard looking to make his fortune in gold. Not only dirt but grass and even water can get up in his nose thus obstructing his nasal passage, resulting in snoring. Extra mucus from a cold will also create snoring. For the most part, snoring caused by nasal obstructions is temporary and should stop when the passage is cleared.
What to do
So, how can you help?
- Keep a pet diary you can show your vet to note changes in your dog’s behavior and health so he or she can look for patterns.
- Get out the smart phone and video the snoring. Its much easier on the vet to hear it, then have you try and do your own imitation. Not everyone is as good as Rich Little. They will want to know the pattern as well as if there is any nasal discharge.
- At home, give your dog a bed with a pillow to raise his head. Make it a round one so he can change positions.
- Humidifiers can provide extra moisture in the air, thereby reducing snoring.
- Change the room -- there may be allergens in the room that make it difficult to breathe.
There is nothing better than a good night's sleep. You deserve it and so does your dog. If snoring is a ongoing problem talk to your vet to get some help.