Like humans, dogs snore because the airflow in nasal passageways or the throat is restricted. This can be perfectly normal and can be caused by something as simple as your dog sleeping on his back. The tongue can drop back towards the throat, blocking the breath from moving easily.
If your dog or cat has always snored, he or she is most likely okay. However, if the snoring comes on suddenly or if accompanied by other symptoms, it is time to visit the vet.
If It Comes On All Of A Sudden
If your dog has never been a snorer and suddenly starts, this could signal a problem. You should check in with your vet. Sudden onset snoring could indicate a problem with your dog’s nose, like a severe infection or growth.
Snoring Related To Allergies:
Snoring can also be caused by allergies and irritants. Just like people, animals can be allergic to pollen, dust and dander. These cause inflammation of the nasal passages and sometimes a build-up of nasal secretions leading to snoring.
Wheezing is caused when something blocks the normal flow of air in and out of the airway, resulting in a whistling sound as a dog breathes. The blockage can be in either the trachea (windpipe) or large bronchi. Constricted airways from asthma, allergies, mucus, foreign bodies, or infection can all result in wheezing.
Snoring can be caused by a number of factors, such as the anatomy of your mouth and sinuses, alcohol consumption, allergies, a cold, and your weight. When you doze off and progress from a light sleep to a deep sleep, the muscles in the roof of your mouth (soft palate), tongue and throat relax.
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If your dog is happy, healthy, energetic and eating well, snoring could simply be a sign that she’s living the good life.
* Snoring was reported in 21 percent of dogs and seven percent of cats.
It is common for dogs to snore increasingly in their old age. This is usually due to partial or complete laryngeal paralysis, which may have an underlying cause or may simply be due to ageing of the nerves. The floppy larynx then blocks airflow. This is most noticeable when your dog is sleeping.
Allergies – Snoring can also be caused by allergies and irritants. Just like people, animals can be allergic to pollen, dust and dander. Allergies can be treated at home with antihistamines such as Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin, or canine prescription medications. Specific doses for each dog should be discussed with Dr.
Infections, such as kennel cough and canine influenza, cause coughing and runny noses. With the presence of nasal discharge comes the possibility of nasal blockage, resulting in snoring.
Benadryl is a great medication for use in dogs with mild-to-moderate allergies. Seasonal allergies, food allergies, environmental allergies, and allergic reactions to snake and insect bites all respond to Benadryl in most cases.
Sleep on your side rather than on your back. Raise the head of your bed up four inches. Raise the whole bed, not just pillows. Try nasal strips: Flexible bands that you stick to the outside of your nose and keep nasal passages open.
Loud or long-term snoring increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and other health problems. You may be able to stop snoring by losing weight and avoiding alcohol before bed. If snoring keeps you awake or disrupts your partner’s sleep, talk to your provider about treatments.
Small dogs are considered senior citizens of the canine community when they reach 11-12 years of age. Their medium-sized friends become seniors at 10 years of age. Their larger-sized colleagues are seniors at 8 years of age. And, finally, their giant-breed counterparts are seniors at 7 years old.
We know that dog senior status varies according to size and breed. Generally, small dogs are considered senior citizens when they reach 11 years of age, medium-sized dogs at 10 years of age, large breeds at 8 years of age, and giant-breeds at 7. So a Mastiff becomes a senior citizen much sooner than a miniature poodle.
The following foods may be dangerous to your pet:- Alcoholic beverages.
Candy (particularly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
The most common food allergens in dogs are proteins, especially those from dairy, beef, chicken, chicken eggs, soy, or wheat gluten. Each time a pet eats food containing these substances, the antibodies react with the antigens, and symptoms occur.
Toxic food for dogs- Onions, garlic and chives. The onion family, whether dry, raw or cooked, is particularly toxic to dogs and can cause gastrointestinal irritation and red blood cell damage.
Corn on the cob.
Artificial sweetener (Xylitol)
This one comes as no surprise to most of us. Retrievers, both Golden and Labrador, are known to be one of the most loving dog breeds. They are intelligent, easy to train, and the top dog for families.
No, your dog will not forget you after a week. Instead, they might not act as though you had ever left. If your dog doesn’t seem too phased, it just means they were secure in the knowledge that you would return.
Their body language is calm and relaxed in your presence- A slightly open mouth, with a relaxed, lolling tongue.
Rolling over for a belly rub (this shows they trust you)
Soft, relaxed facial expression.
Tail wagging side to side.
A “bow” to invite and encourage play.