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Is My Dog's Snoring Normal?

Posted by Dr. Roth on September 16, 2021

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For some pet parents, the sound of a dog snoring is cute. For others, it’s irritating, especially in the middle of the night. In some cases, it might be perfectly normal ⁠— just something that happens from time to time. In other cases, it can be a symptom of something more serious that may require a veterinarian’s help. 

Is My Dog's Snoring Normal?

In some cases, a dog snoring is something that just happens occasionally, like when the dog sleeps on his back. It’s not harmful, and there’s no risk to the dog’s health. Snoring could also be a symptom of one of several dog health problems. If a dog starts snoring suddenly, his snoring becomes louder, or their pet parent notices other symptoms that occur with the snoring, it may be time to schedule an appointment.

Common Dog Breathing Issues That Can Cause Snoring

A dog’s snoring could indicate one of several potential health issues:

Being Overweight

Overweight canines

Dental Health Problems

Like humans, dogs can develop issues like gum disease, tooth abscesses, and abnormal growths. Depending on where these issues develop, they can partially block the sinus cavities or throat, which lead to snoring.

Respiratory Issues

Respiratory complications like bacterial or fungal infections can lead to snoring, as can asthma and seasonal allergies. Dogs with respiratory problems may also develop other symptoms at the same time as their snoring, such as sneezing, coughing, wheezing, a , watery eyes, and appetite changes.

A Stuck Object

Many on things. Puppies, in particular, do a lot of exploring with their mouths. While chewing is a normal habit for canines of all ages, sometimes things happen. A dog might get into something he shouldn’t, or chew apart one of his toys and swallow a piece of it. If something gets lodged in the dog’s throat, it can cause snoring. At the same time, pet parents might also notice their canine companion coughing or gagging as they attempt to remove the object from his throat.

A Short Snout

Some dogs are more predisposed to snoring than others, particularly breeds with short snouts. The following brachycephalic breeds have a higher risk of breathing issues:

  • Boston Terriers

  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

  • English Bulldogs

  • French Bulldogs

  • Lhasa Apsos

  • Pekingese

  • Pugs

Although these dogs have shorter snouts, they still have a similar-sized palate to other breeds. The extra tissue can block the airway, leading to snoring.

How to Stop Dog Snoring

There are a few things a pet parent can try to help alleviate their dog’s snoring:

Help the Dog Lose Weight

For overweight dogs, a diet change and . Pet parents can work with their primary vet to develop a plan tailored to their canine companions’ needs. Pet parents might also try a food puzzle to slow down fast eaters, which can help the dog lose weight.

Clean the Air

If a dog has allergies or asthma, airborne irritants can make their issues worse. Investing in an air purifier can help pet parents eliminate pollen, dust, dander, and other irritants from the air, which can help alleviate dog breathing problems.

Address an Elongated Palate

As previously mentioned, brachycephalic breeds have shorter snouts than other dogs, but their palates are similar in length. A simple surgical procedure can shorten the palate, removing excess soft tissue. It can address snoring and reduce the risk of other breathing-related complications.

Concerned About Dog Snoring? Get Answers for All Dog Health Questions

Dog snoring might be normal in some cases, but it may indicate potentially serious dog health issues. If a pet parent is concerned, they should consult with their primary vet or a qualified online vet for advice and recommendations on what to do. If a pet parent has dog health questions and their vet isn’t available, the team at Fuzzy is here to help. They’re available 24/7 through Fuzzy’s Live Vet Chat feature. Pet parents can get real-time answers from real, highly experienced vets no matter what time it is. For access to professional advice any time, day or night, sign up to become a Fuzzy member today!

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