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Why Do Dogs Snore?

Understanding Why Dogs Snore

During the course of examinations and appointments, I love to chat with clients about their pets. Sometimes it even leads them to come up with a joke or two that makes me laugh, as was the case a few days ago. This patient in particular was a chubby little Beagle who apparently had quite the snoring habit. His owner put it a little more creatively though -“We call him ‘our little lumberjack’ because his snoring sounds just like a chainsaw!”

Well, what’s going on there? Why DO dogs snore, and what can be done about it?

In the most basic terms, the snoring sound itself occurs when there is some type of blockage in the upper respiratory tract. This blockage can be anywhere along the respiratory path from the nose to the trachea (the tube that takes air to the lungs). As air is forced through these passages, it moves unevenly past the blockage and creates the groaning, creaking noise we recognize as snoring.
There are several factors that can make your dog snore including abnormal confirmation and structure of the face, obesity, nasal congestion, infections, polyps, allergies, medications and sometimes even the sleeping position.

Take a look at these common causes for snoring and see if any sounds like something your dog might experience:

7 Reasons Why Dogs Snore

For the most part, snoring in dogs is not a problem as long as they are getting plenty of good sleep and they continue to breathe normally while awake. Snoring becomes a problem if it interrupts or prevents normal sleep patterns or causes difficulty breathing during exercise.

If you are worried about your dog’s snoring or see a behavior change, nasal discharge, sneezing or a bloody nose, please see your veterinarian for an examination. Ensure that there is no medical reason for the symptoms.