Why is my Dog Snoring?


Major causes of pet snoring:

  • Obesity

Humans are not the only ones gaining weight these days. A new study indicates that about half the pets in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Overweight or obese pets have a higher risk of suffering from excessive snoring. They tend to have excess tissue in their throat which causes the obstruction that blocks the airways.  A pet is considered obese if it’s weight exceeds the recommended levels by 20% or more. You and your dog will sleep better if you add some outdoor exercise to your daily schedule. Talk an extra walk around the block after dinner, you will both benefit from the effort.

  • Allergies

Allergies can cause respiratory problems for pets, including post-nasal drip. Like people, some dogs can become stuffed up and congested because of allergies. Clean your pet’s bedding everyday to remove dust and hair. Tree pollen, grass, and tobacco smoke are particularly prevalent allergies among dogs. Take your dog on walks in the early morning or late afternoon when pollen levels are at their lowest. Food allergies are a rising concern with dog owners and it seems more and more dogs are suffering from them.



  • Medication

Many medications can contribute to your pet’s snoring these include: antihistamines, pain medicine, muscle relaxers and sedatives.

  • Genetics

Dogs with short narrow nostrils have to work harder to breathe than most other dogs. Usually the Brach cephalic breeds (pushed in faces) that have been genetically manipulated and have too much tissue in a small space. These breeds include: English and French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pugs, Boxers, Pekingese, Lhasa Apso, and Shih Tzu.

These dogs are afflicted by something called Brachycephalic airway syndrome. This syndrome consists of narrow nostrils, an elongated soft palate, and a narrowed windpipe. Brachycephalic breeds may have one or a combination of these problems that make it difficult for them to breathe properly.



In the feline world, the Himalayan and Persian cats have smaller nostrils which are bred for the “pushed in look”.



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