Like men, dogs snore and like men, this snoring can be a sign of an abnormality. Snoring can be occasional, but sometimes it gets so bad that you worry. Why do dogs snore? Is that bad ? How to react ? Here is everything you need to know about dog snoring to treat it effectively!
All you need to know about snoring in dogs
First of all, know that a dog that snores is not necessarily a dog with a pathology. Snoring is a simple and completely natural phenomenon. Indeed, the noise comes from the vibration of the so-called soft parts of the pharynx. These vibrations occur at the time of inspiration and expiration. Snoring is not uncommon but its frequency increases with age and therefore with old age. The phenomenon is explained simply by the loss of tonicity of the tissues. Being overweight is also a known factor. In humans other factors are known such as excessive alcohol consumption, taking certain drugs. Of course, canines are not affected!
Why is my dog snoring?
As we have just seen, a dog can snore because he is getting older or because he is overweight. However, snoring can have many other origins. Your dog may snore when he is asleep. Sometimes a bad posture can explain the vibrations and therefore the noise associated with snoring. The nose is compressed and the air passes badly. In this case, no anomaly is observed.
On the other hand, it can happen that a dog snores for a completely different reason. Here are the causes that can explain snoring:
- a blockage in their nostrils which may be caused by a small object, a stone or an insect;
- an infection of the respiratory tract which causes secretions which are sometimes thick;
- a malformation;
- a tumor ;
- an allergy.
If you notice that your dog is snoring more than before or having difficulty breathing, make an appointment with the vet.
Focus on brachycephalic syndrome
Brachycephalic syndrome does not affect all dogs. It is found in canines, and in felines, whose face is flattened or crushed like bulldogs or Persians. By their morphology, which is not natural, these animals have a different anatomy. When they suffer from brachycephalic syndrome, dogs have breathing problems, digestive problems, and sometimes even both.
Here are some so-called brachycephalic races. It is very easy to find online because it corresponds to breeds not allowed in the hold of planes.
- Boston terrier
- English bulldog
- French Bulldog
- Bull mastiff
- Cane Corso
- Cavalier King Charles
- Chow chow
- Dogue de Bordeaux
- Canary Islands Mastiff
- Japanese spaniel
- Tibetan spaniel
- Belgian Griffon
- Brussels Griffon
- Lhasa Apso
- Neapolitan Mastiff
- Shih tzu
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Brachycephalic syndrome is caused by narrowing of the nostrils, nasal cavities, a longer soft palate. Sometimes the pharyngeal folds are too large. If your dog suffers too much from this condition, surgery may be offered. This makes it possible to open the nostrils, to reduce the length of the palate and, if necessary, the thickness. Thanks to these corrections, brachycephalic dogs have a better quality of life.
Snoring dog: when to worry?
If you have a bulldog, or other brachycephalic breed dog, and you find that your dog snores frequently, don’t worry! This instruction also applies to all canines. On the other hand, certain signs should alert you. If your dog is having trouble breathing when you walk him, when it is hot, or when he is playing, you need to be concerned. Be aware that if the breathing difficulties are accompanied by vomiting, you must consult a veterinarian as soon as possible.
How to reduce a dog’s snoring?
If you have any doubts about the origin of your dog’s snoring, a consultation with the veterinarian is necessary. The animal health specialist may suggest treatment once the diagnosis is made. At the end of this treatment, the snoring will stop.
If you know that snoring is not serious, you can still try to reduce it. The first instinct to have for everyone’s comfort is to move your dog’s basket or cushion so that he sleeps away. Here are a few tips :
- Put a pillow in the dog’s basket. Thanks to this pillow, your dog will have his head raised. The nasal passages will be cleared and the snoring will subside.
- Install a round basket. This pushes the dog to opt for a position close to the fetal position which clears the airways.
- Place a humidifier in the room to prevent the airways from drying out.
- Clean your dog’s nostrils if necessary. at a fairly regular frequency. To do this, you must use a soaked compress.