Snoring Dogs! Can You Believe That?

Can you believe my Mom says I snore? Me, Sadie, the perfect lady dog, snoring. I find it hard to believe, but she says it is true.

At first I considered it an insult, but then I decided to have my Grandma do a little research for me and yes, I guess it is possible. Here are some of the things I found out about dog snoring; they are really very interesting.

First of all the breed you are can be a cause for snoring. Brachycephalic dogs or “ snub nose dogs” as they are called which include Shih Tzus, English Bulldogs, Boston Terriers and others most often snore because of their flat noses and when the air goes out it vibrates and causes snoring.

Even though I am considered a Bulldog, I do not have a snub nose, I have a nice shaped doggy nose and now I am certain I do not snore, it must be my playmate that is snoring and Mom has us mixed up.

However, to get on with the information Gram got for me I will pass on what I have learned so you can become better educated.

Overweight dogs have a tendency to snore (see I knew it was my playmate) as the tissue in the back of the throat becomes enlarged, as the air passes over this tissue it makes a sound that you may consider snoring.

It is possible for large breed dogs to develop a condition that causes the loss of function or feeling in the vocal folds of the throat and this too will cause snoring.

Snub nose dogs can also have some structural problems within their head and throat areas that may cause difficulty in breathing and thus the snoring or snorting, for example:

  • An elongated palate where the tip of it protrudes into the airway
  • Tissue pulled into the windpipe, obstructing the flow of air
  • The collapse of the larynx, it is actually the cartilage that opens and closes the upper airway.

    Medical conditions such as nasal tumors can also cause a dog to snore. These tumors are not necessarily malignant, most of the time they benign (non-cancerous) and need to be removed. Gram says if your dog shows some of the following symptoms and the snoring is really annoying you should take your dog to the vet and have things checked out.

    Gram says call the vet if your dog is:

  • Over weight
  • Pants a lot
  • Coughs, sneezes, wheezes or gags frequently
  • If you can see your dog’s tummy heaving when it is breathing or breaths faster than normal
  • The snoring is getting worse
  • Has a runny nose for several days or has suddenly started drooling
  • Has a blue tongue or gums, which suggests your dog is not getting enough oxygen

    The problem can be some polyps or some other obstruction that is causing discomfort or it can be a respiratory problem that can be treated with medication and peace can return.

    However, some dogs like some people just snore and if your dog sleeps with you and you are having a problem getting your rest you might consider the following steps.

    If you are a smoker, stop smoking as you may be the culprit and your smoking is irritating your dog’s respiratory system and/or nasal passages. If you were looking for an excuse to stop smoking this is a very good one.

    Give your dog its own bed along side yours this way he/she can stretch out a bit more and that may help stop the snoring.

    Give your dog its own room for sleeping and if all else fails get some earplugs.

    I have digested all this information that my Grandma has passed on. And now I know Mom has really made a big mistake, it is Mr. Yule creating the extra noise in our household, so I will make certain Mom reads this, and then she can do what is necessary to return quiet to our homefront.

    Until next time, I remain!

    Your Sadie

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