Why Does My Dog Snore?
Have you ever heard a dog snoring and wondered to yourself “Why does my dog snore?” You’re not alone! The truth is that dog’s can be noisy when they sleep, but there are steps that can be taken to help. In this article, we will answer the most common questions about dog snoring with some helpful tips for dealing with it.
What are some of the possible causes for dog snoring?
Dog snoring happens when a dog’s tongue and throat muscles relax during sleep, causing the dog to breathe through its mouth which blocks the nasal passage with an excess of tissue that can’t be expelled properly while breathing out- this is what makes it sound like they’re snoring.
Dog breeds who have narrower nostrils are more likely to suffer from dog snoring than those with wider ones but all dogs should be watched for symptoms in order not to let them overheat without cooling down first.
Dogs can have a lot of trouble breathing when they sleep because there is extra tissue in their nose that blocks airflow. When dog’s breath out, the air isn’t expelled efficiently and it sounds like snoring to humans listening nearby.
Some breeds are more prone than others to dog snoring depending on how narrow or wide their nostrils are, but all dog owners should be aware of this possibility and take care not to let an overheated dog sleep too long without cooling down first.
What can I do about my dog’s snoring?
If you think your dog might be suffering from allergies causing them to breathe through their mouth while sleeping, try giving them a natural antihistamine such as Benedryl (only use for dog’s over six months of age). If dog snoring is a chronic problem, make an appointment with your vet to see if surgery might be necessary. The surgical procedure can be expensive for dog owners and will likely require heavy sedation that carries its own risks but it could reduce or eliminate dog snoring once the dog recovers from the operation.
As always, exercise your dog regularly and keep them at their ideal weight.
What should I do about my dog when they start to snore?
There aren’t many ways you can do something about your dog being noisy at night other than using natural antihistamines (only use on dogs over six months old) or surgery if problems persist long-term.
It’s tempting to try and wake up a sleeping dog who starts to doze off in front of the TV during Game Night – don’t! Snugly wrap them in one blanket so he doesn’t feel cold then pick him up and carry him to his dog bed or dog crate.