Are cuddles--or worse conference calls!--often interrupted by your best pal's snores? If so, you're probably wondering if this is normal and why it's happening.
When nasal passages are blocked, airways become constricted and snoring occurs. Dogs snore for a variety of reasons. Below are some of the most common ones to help you understand what might be happening with your buddy's breathing and ways to help them breathe clearer.
Some breeds are more prone to snoring based on their anatomy. Breeds with short noses, like English bulldogs, French bulldogs, pugs, boxers, and Pekingese, often suffer from chronic snoring due to excess tissue in the pharynx. However, airway obstruction can also be caused by elongated soft palates, narrow nasal passages, and shortened tracheas. These common breed-related problems can be diagnosed relatively easily and some can even be treated early in life.
In addition to myriad other health problems, obesity can also cause issues with breathing. If your dog's snoring is related to weight, work with your veterinarian to develop a plan to help your pup shed those extra pounds and get back to a healthy weight. This may include decreasing their calorie intake with food and treats designed for weight management. Getting your best pal out for more walks, playdates, and trips to the park are also great ways to increase their activity levels to curb weight gain.
Just like us, pets battle allergies, too. Pollen, dust, and dander can aggravate dogs' nasal passages, causing inflammation and mucus build-up that leads to snoring. Your dog may also be sensitive to chemicals in carpet cleaners, laundry detergents used on their bedding, and other household supplies. If you've noticed that your dog is snoring more, consider what new elements have been added to their environment.
If you suspect that allergies are causing your dog's breathing issues, talk to your veterinarian. The issue may be easily treated with antihistamines, like Benadryl, or removing the source of the irritant, if possible. Other allergies may require more aggressive treatment. Your veterinarian will be able to suggest the best course of action to relieve your pooch's nasal woes.