Updated at: 08-01-2022 - By: petstutorial

Just like with humans, snoring in dogs generally occurs when air movement is restricted in the nasal passageways or throat. Some of what can cause dogs to snore may simply be that they like to sleep on their back, so their tongue ends up partially blocking some of the air movement in their passageways.


Why is my dog snoring so loud all of a sudden?

A dog that suddenly starts snoring when they haven’t before may have something causing a blockage in their airway, causing turbulent airflow which makes for noisy breathing and snoring. These obstructions can be anything from something like a grass seed lodged up the nose, through polyps (benign lumps) and abscesses.

Should I worry about my dog snoring?

Any snoring that comes on suddenly definitely warrants a call to the vet. Talk to your vet about what your dog’s snoring means. It may be that he only snores when he sleeps in a particular position; your vet might advise you to gently move him if he falls asleep this way.

How do I stop my dog from snoring so loud?

What Do You Do?

  • Try an air humidifier.
  • Get a round bed for your dog to sleep on (the position will expand your buddy’s air passages)
  • Use a pillow to prop up your sleepy sidekick’s head while he rests.
  • Switch up the rooms your buddy sleeps in.
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Which dog breeds snore the most?

While any breed can snore on occasion, certain breeds of dogs and cats, called the brachycephalic (literally: “short headed”) breeds, are well known as snorers. These breeds include English bulldogs, boxers, pugs, Boston terriers, Shih-tzus, Persians, and Himalayans.

What does it mean if a dog snores?

Blocked nasal passages

Like humans, dogs snore because the airflow in nasal passageways or the throat is restricted. This can be perfectly normal and can be caused by something as simple as your dog sleeping on his back. The tongue can drop back towards the throat, blocking the breath from moving easily.

Is my dog snoring or wheezing?

Dogs can contract colds, the flu, and respiratory infections just like people. So, if your dog’s sudden snoring is accompanied by sneezing, nasal drainage, coughing, and/or wheezing, take them to the vet immediately. Snoring could also be a result of weight gain, which can cause constriction around their airways.

Do dogs dream?

If you’ve ever watched your dog twitching, chattering or moving their paws while sleeping, you may have wondered if they are dreaming. The answer is yes. Dogs do dream. … In fact it’s likely that all mammals dream.

Do dogs fart?

Like humans, dogs have to fart from time to time. It’s just a part of life. There is no way to eliminate farts completely. However, there are ways to make them less frequent and less smelly.

Would a humidifier help with snoring?

A humidifier adds water vapor into the air to increase humidity. They are good for relieving nasal congestion which can lead to coughing and snoring. They can help ease a sinus infection which causes snoring.

Why does my dog sound like he’s snoring when he breathes?

What is Stertor and Stridor in Dogs? Stertor: noisy breathing that occurs during inhalation, is low-pitched, and sounds similar to snoring. It’s usually caused by airways being blocked in the throat.

Is snoring a bad sign?

Heavy snoring can sound funny to your sleep partner, but the condition is no joke. Snoring is often the sign of a condition called obstructive sleep apnea, which raises the risk for diabetes, obesity, hypertension, stroke, heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

What Can Cause My Dog Snoring?

Typically, dog snoring is perfectly normal. Many times, it’s merely caused by his sleeping position, which can be easily and quickly fixed by repositioning him.

However, snoring can also be symptomatic of an underlying condition:

  • Obesity is a common cause of dog snoring because fat builds up in dogs’ throats and can restrict airflow.
  • Allergies can also cause blockages and snoring. If your dog is sensitive to dust and/or pollen, you may want to consider an air purifier.
  • Sleep Apnea can occur in dogs, just like humans, although it’s very rare. If your dog stops breathing while sleeping and then resumes breathing with a loud inhale, he may have sleep apnea and need to be treated by a vet.
  • Dental Issues, Rhinitis and Fungal Disease are other rare causes of dog snoring that need to be checked by a vet.
  • Second-hand Smoke can cause snoring and many other much more serious health problems for your dog, such as nasal cancer, lung cancer, respiratory illness, eye infections, chronic allergies and more.

Which Dog Breeds Snore the Most?

Some breeds are more genetically predisposed to snoring than others. If you’re a light sleeper and sensitive to snoring, you may want to avoid certain dog breeds.

Brachycephalic breeds, meaning dogs with short snouts and flatter faces, almost always snore. In fact, some airlines refuse to fly these breeds because of their short muzzles and soft palates, which can cause breathing difficulties.

This includes:

  • Pugs
  • Boxers
  • Bulldogs (including French Bulldogs)
  • Shih Tzus
  • Chihuahuas (particularly apple-headed Chihuahuas)
  • Chow Chows
  • Bull Mastiffs
  • Pekingese
  • and more
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Why Does My Dog Snore When He’s Awake?

Dogs snore when they’re awake for the same reasons they snore when they’re asleep.

Brachycephalic breeds and obese dogs are much more likely to make snoring sounds when they’re awake. Dogs suffering from allergies may snore throughout the day as well.

In Conclusion

Let’s face it, most dogs snore sometimes, and snoring is to be expected in certain breeds. Luckily, it’s usually not a reason for concern or indicative of a health problem.

If you can’t stand the noise, there are ways to help prevent your dog’s snoring, such as repositioning your dog and keeping a smoke-free and clean home. When all else fails, you may need to invest in a set of earplugs or a white noise machine.

Or you can just let your sleeping dog lie, even if he’s snoring like a chainsaw!

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