Surely you have seen many times your dog dream and run or even bark and growl when he is asleep, but have you heard your dog snoring? Snoring in dogs may be totally normal or may indicate a health problem.
We are going to detail step by step how to find out if it is normal for our dog to snore or if, on the contrary, we should go to the vet for a review for any possible health problem.
Index of contents
- 1 Snoring in flat-nosed dogs
- 2 Snoring in sick dogs
- 3 Air block snoring
Snoring in flat-nosed dogs
We obviously refer to dogs that have a slightly shorter muzzle than normal, as is the case with the breed Boxer, the Pug (Carlino), Pit bull, Chow chow and Shar Pei among many others.
Brachiocephalic syndrome, which is nothing else, is attributed to these breeds, as previously mentioned. That is are breeds with the shortest snout, which makes your breathing a little more complex.
- Complete list of dogs with Brachiocephalic syndrome
It is totally normal for breeds with this syndrome to snore, that is, if your dog has a flat (short) snout, snoring is part of it. Some snore a little, while others snore more than grandpa.
It is due to narrowing of the nostrils and eversion of the laryngeal saccules. Unless you have mucus and pauses in breathing, snoring is not a symptom to be concerned about at first.
Snoring in sick dogs
Dogs that have a disease related to the respiratory system can occasionally snore due to excess mucus or inflammation of the ducts.
If we know that our dog is sick and is already being treated, we should not give it special importance. However, if our dog snores (and he never has) and we appreciate that he is down, has trouble breathing or has mucus, we should go to the vet for a review.
Some diseases like kennel cough, affect the dog’s respiratory system by making it snore, or if it snored before, to do so with greater intensity and loudness.
Air block snoring
If your dog is the typical contortionist dog that sleeps with its head out of bed and falls to one side, as if it had a broken neck, it’s totally normal for me to snore. Since the dog’s own position makes this type of noise conducive.
If our dog has swallowed an object or something is blocking air from entering his nostrils or larynx, he may also be snoring. Although in this case, if we should request veterinary help.
In races like baset hound or bobtail, it is frequent that in advanced ages they appear small tumors in the airways that in addition to partially or totally blocking the air, make the dog snore. Obviously, our veterinaryn must analyze these tumors to remove them and see if they are benign or, on the contrary, malignant tumors (a cancer).
Here you have a video with different dogs snoring. Which one looks most like yours?