My dog would have these funny little hiccups while sleeping. At times, she'd have fairly animated dreams, but only occasionally would she snore. My solution to this occasional problem would be to pick her up, and deposit her on the couch in the other room. However, many other owners lose sleep over log-sawing snores, that their canine companions treat them to night after night. If you find yourself frazzled and sleep deprived, while your pet looks calm and rested, it's time to take action. But before you go hunting for snoring cures for your pet, it is important to understand the precise cause of this disturbance.
- As in humans, dogs that are overweight or display obesity tend to have a snoring problem. They have excess tissue in their throat, which acts as an obstruction, consequently partially blocking the airways. This is what creates the sawing sound.
- Passive smoking is bad for their health too. Dogs are especially sensitive to tobacco smoke, which can irritate their airways to a great extent. If you smoke in the house, or your dog is exposed to tobacco smoke constantly, you can expect him/her to continue to snore.
- Dog allergies are fairly common in canines. However, if you are a caring owner, you are probably already aware of any allergies your beloved pooch has. The substances that dogs commonly have nasal allergies to are dust, and tree and weed pollen. If they are exposed to any of these substances and consequently have an allergic reaction, the mucus that blocks the nostrils causes heavy breathing or snoring.
- Once again, just like humans, your pet may snore if he/she has a cold. However, you will be able to tell if the snoring is a result of an illness like cold, as he/she will show other symptoms like sneezing. You can expect the snoring in some time.
- Face structure is another cause of snoring. Pushed in faces, means narrow nasal passages, which cause bulldogs, pugs, boxers, Pekingese, Shih Tzu, and Shar-Pei dog breeds, to have breathing difficulties. In addition to this, when they sleep, their windpipe flattens, which makes them snore.
Having identified the possible causes, we come to the question at hand, what are the curing options for this problem?
- If the cause of your dog's snoring is an allergy, then the measures you have to take will primarily revolve around preventing further reactions. One precaution you can take is to clean the bedding every day. Take your dog for a walk when pollen levels are low, and to areas where there isn't too much traffic. Keep your home as free of dust as possible, with regular vacuuming of the rugs and curtains.
- Ensure that your pet gets sufficient exercise and healthy meals, so that he/she will maintain a healthy weight. For those whose dogs are overweight, exercise them regularly, and incorporate some games in their exercise regime, to help lose weight. Once the dog is back to a healthy weight, the snoring should stop.
- If your pet is among the breeds that are predisposed to snoring, the remedy may be in a small surgery conducted by a vet. However, this surgery is usually conducted on younger dogs.
- A method that is frequently used for snoring humans is to change their sleeping position. You can try to change your dog's sleeping position too, possibly by changing its bed. Alternately, you could try to get it to use a pillow, as many dogs like to fall asleep with their heads on a ledge or pillow. This may reduce or stop the snoring.
- One of the remedies is an over-the-counter homeopathic treatment called SnoreStop. It is said to shrink the swollen soft tissue in the back of the throat and dries out the mucous blocking the sinus cavity, so that both air passages are opened up and cleared.
- Lastly, avoid smoking around your dog.
If your pet does not respond to any of these methods, take it to the vet to determine the actual cause, as it might be an indication of an underlying illnesses.