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Why does my dog grunt like a pig?

asked 2017-02-23 14:38:36 -0600

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My boxer has been making these noises non stop for years. In her sleep, when she's happy, when she's nervous, when she's upset, when she wants something, when she's sniffing something, when she's eating, or when she's drinking. all the time. Is this bad?

Jaedon B.'s profile imageJaedon B. ( 2018-12-02 05:46:39 -0600 )edit

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answered 2017-02-23 15:50:07 -0600

Often dogs "snort" or make sounds like that. It may be just some type of "effort" they are expending when they exert energy. I've heard many hundreds of dogs do that. It is also a way they clear their breathing passages of some small irratant.

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My dog seems to do this after drinking and eating, but mostly after drinking. It started late 2017, he’s about 11 yrs old mixed breed, a “Bahamian Potcake” sometimes when sleeping I can hear him clearing his throat also.

Heather W.'s profile imageHeather W. ( 2018-01-09 20:30:45 -0600 )edit

My boxer has been making these noises non stop for years. In her sleep, when she's happy, when she's nervous, when she's upset, when she wants something, when she's sniffing something, when she's eating, or when she's drinking. all the time. Is this bad?

Jaedon B.'s profile imageJaedon B. ( 2018-12-02 05:47:17 -0600 )edit
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answered 2017-02-23 14:56:41 -0600

Often dogs "snort" or make sounds like that. It may be just some type of "effort" they are expending when they exert energy. I've heard many hundreds of dogs do that. It is also a way they clear their breathing passages of some small irritant.

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answered 2017-02-23 15:01:11 -0600

Some dog breeds are more likely to grunt and snort like pigs than others. For example, Bulldogs, Boxers, Mastiffs, Pugs, Shit Zhus, and other dog breeds with short snouts. I've also heard that the snorting can be a backwards sneeze, which is the dog trying to get an allergen out of its system. It can also be a behavior due to the excessive amount of energy the dog is exerting, so it's a common behavior that you shouldn't be worried about. However, if snorting is an irregular behavior for your dog, it might be because of weight problems.

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answered 2017-02-23 14:55:26 -0600

If it is a brachycephalic breed (short nose dog like bull dog or shitzu) that is pretty common due to their shorter airway. In some dogs it could be a sign of respiratory illness, so the best thing to do is to consult with your veterinarian.

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answered 2017-02-23 14:52:45 -0600

It could be due to their breed. Dogs with short noses, like pugs or bulldogs, snort. It cold also be a reverse sneeze which is nothing to worry about.

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