Snoring Could Sometimes be a Bad Sign for Dogs

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We all probably snored at some point in our lives. It’s not that much different for dogs. Some dogs may snore more regularly than other. It might be normal especially for dogs with short snouts. Unfortunately, there are cases when snoring, especially if it is a sudden development, can be taken as a bad sign for dogs. Here are a few examples.

Dog Has Allergies or Infections

Dogs can snore if they are affected by allergies or by infections that cause cold-like respiratory symptoms. If your dog has been displaying any other concerning symptoms like sneezing and a loss of appetite then a trip to the vet might be necessary.

The snoring will most likely go away once your dog is fully healed and has his respiratory system cleared up. To avoid this in the future, it’s best to keep your dog indoors if the conditions outside is reported to be heavy with pollen or dust.

Your Dog is Overweight

Snoring can gradually develop for dogs that start to gain a decent amount of weight. The extra fat in their body constrains the airway and makes it a bit more difficult for the dog to breathe while sleeping. It should be pretty obvious if a dog is on the road to obesity. Make sure the dog is getting enough exercise and is put on a diet proposed by a vet.

Dogs that Sleep on Their Back

Watch how the dog is sleeping. Dogs that sleep on their back are more likely to snore than dogs that sleep in other positions. When dogs sleep on their back, parts of their tongue might block some of the air passage. This eventually results in the snoring.

Disclaimer: The content on is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.

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