If you are a dog owner then it’s likely that you have heard your dog snoring from time to time. Some dogs snore more than other and there can be a number of reasons for this. In this article (and video) we answer the question Why Do Dogs Snore? and help you understand what the issue might be and what you can do.
5 Reasons Your Dog Snores
#1. Type Of Breed
Often the breed of your dog can have an impact on how much your dog snores. Typically dogs with shorter snouts like pugs are more prone to snoring.
It’s nothing for you to worry about as this is a breed issue which you can’t do anything about.
#2. Sleeping Position
We all know that if humans sleep on their back they are more prone to snoring and it’s the same for dogs. If they are lying with their paws in the air then they are more likely to snore when they sleep.
My dog Joey loves to lie on his back and this makes him more of a snorer than his sister Coco who likes to snuggle up on her side.
If your dog suffers from allergies then they can often be more prone to snoring. Some dogs will be allergic to smoke or dust, so you should try and remove these from their environment. Not smoking in the home or having an air filter is a great first step.
If your dog is suffering with allergies then a vet can always help with different treatments if the allergies are causing discomfort for your dog. There are also natural treatments that you can consider.
If your dogs is overweight then it’s likely that they will snore. Your vet will be able to give you some advice on whether you dog is overweight and make some suggestions to help reduce their weight.
You could also look at increasing their activity levels to help them shed the pounds or consider changing their food.
If you need help with exercising your dog more you could always enlist the help of a Dog Walker.
#5. Health Issues
If a human has a cold their airways are often blocked and they can tend to snore at night. Dogs are the same – they can get sick just like we do. Anything that blocks their nose or throat can make them snore.
If you are concerned that your dog is sick then you should always check with your vet to make sure there is no underlying problem.
The main thing to remember is that some dogs snore and that doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with them. It can actually be quite cute watching your dog enjoying their nap and having a good snore!