It might sound like cherubic angels swaying in the moonlight…or it might sound like Yoda straight up just ran a 5k…sometimes Sleeping Beauty’s beauty rest isn’t quite as harmonious as the morning magpies. If your dog’s shut-eye has a tendency to sound like the soundtrack to a slasher film, read on for a thing or two about canine sleepy time.
Why Do Dogs Snore?
There are several potential causes of your dog’s cacophonous slumber. These might include:
- Dental issues
- A canine cold
- The position in which they’re sleeping
- Allergens (ie: cigarette smoke, certain foods)
- A predisposition in certain breeds to snore
- Blockage (ie: tumor or physically having swallowed something)
- Medication (ie: muscle relaxers or pain killers)
In most cases, the root of your dog’s snoring will be one of the above, though it is recommended you visit a vet to determine for sure if it’s a consistent thing.
When It’s a Problem
You probably need not worry if your dog is among the breeds predisposed to snoring—this includes Boxers, Spaniels, Pugs, Pekingese, or generally any dog with a shorter snout.
According to Canidae, this is because breathing passages are shorter in flat-faced dogs, which can make them more susceptible to blockage. However, it’s important to consult a veterinarian if the snoring persists and legitimately keeps you up at night—especially if your dog isn’t one of the breeds susceptible to snoring.
If the snoring occurs abruptly, this is another red flag. Examine the more obvious causes first and if you’re coming up blank, onward to the vet!
What Do You Do?
Some simple solutions to try:
- 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
A lot of these simple solutions also apply to humans, so go nuts. Treatment methods for snoring dogs can range anywhere from the simple (changing your dog’s bedding more often) to extreme (surgery). If your dog is overweight, it’s important to implement an exercise regimen to get your dog back in tip top shape.
A great nugget of advice via The Dog Daily: rather than trying to describe your dog’s snoring to your vet, record your dog snoring with your phone to share. This will help your vet more accurately come to a conclusion. Ironing out your dog’s sleep quirks will likely improve your own, so live your best life and explore the possible solutions with your vet.