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While it’s normal for all dogs to saw logs every once in a while, if your dog regularly sounds like a cross between a Harley and a chainsaw when he’s snoozing, here’s how to make nights more restful for him – and your household.
Why Does My Dog Snore So Loud?
If your dog is a short-nosed (also called “brachycephalic”) breed, such as a Bulldog, Pug or Boxer, he’s probably not a very silent sleeper. These dogs typically have narrow nostrils and windpipes, which can exacerbate the snoring, according to Mar Vista Animal Medical Center.
Because these breeds have pushed-in faces, it’s difficult for all of their soft palate tissue to fit in their smushed mouths and throats. This means the tissue that doesn’t fit ends up loosely flapping in their throats, making them snore and snort. Yet another factor is the flattened windpipes common to these breeds, reports Vetinfo.com, which make it difficult for them to breathe.
If your dog doesn’t happen to be one of these breeds, his excessive snoring could be caused by any of the following reasons, according to Mar Vista and Vetinfo.com:
Obesity – Just like their short-snouted brethren, overweight dogs may also have excess soft palate tissue in their throats, which flaps in their throats and may block their air passages.
Allergies – Pollen from trees and weeds, along with cigarette smoke and dust, can cause nasal allergies. The build-up of mucous blocks your dog’s nostrils, which leads to snoring.
Common cold – If your dog has a cold, the congestion may be causing him to snore.
If your dog has suddenly begun to snore, take him to the vet for an exam. Although it is rare, a tumor or cyst may be causing the snoring, reports Vetinfo.com.
How Can I Make My Dog Stop Snoring?
If your dog has a short snout, your vet may recommend soft palate surgery to help him breathe easier. This is especially important if your dog suffers from sleep apnea (pauses in his breathing, which can be caused by a blockage of his airway).
“To properly care for a Bulldog, soft palate resection is perhaps the most necessary procedure, dramatically improving their comfort level,” writes Dr. Patty Khuly on the Fully Vetted blog. “… To be sure, the surgery’s not cheap, but our planet’s supply of ‘free’ oxygen is priceless to your dog.”
Besides surgery or investing in quality earplugs, here are some other ways you can help reduce any dog’s snoring.
If you think your dog is suffering from allergies, be sure to clean his bedding every day. You should vacuum rugs, carpets and draperies regularly, and dust your home often. Vetinfo.com recommends that you walk your dog in the morning, “when the pollen levels are low and there isn’t too much traffic.” To make your dog more comfortable, your vet may prescribe an antihistamine for his allergy symptoms, or anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the swelling of his nasal passages.
Change your dog’s sleeping position to see if it eliminates his snoring. You can try elevating his head with a pillow, Vetinfo.com suggests.
A round bed in which your dog can curl up snugly may help, since your dog is less likely to roll over onto his back. “As with humans, many snoring dogs sleep on their backs with their paws up in the air,” writes Susan M. Callahan on snoringtreatmentinfo.com. Callahan also suggests the “tennis ball trick:” Glue a tennis ball to the middle of a sash, then loosely tie the sash around your dog’s midsection, with the tennis ball on top of his back. “If during the night they try to roll over on their back, the tennis ball will nudge them awake,” Callahan notes.
If you smoke, don’t do it near your dog or around his sleeping area.
Use a humidifier to moisten the air in the room where your dog sleeps.
If none of these ideas work and you’re still not getting a good night’s sleep, Vetinfo.com suggests having your dog sleep in a different room (the results of a recent study indicate that sleeping apart from your dog may be better for your health in other ways, too).
Find A Vet HOW TO articles are intended for informational purposes only. You should always consult with your veterinarian about any health issues affecting your dog.
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