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Dog Snore: Does Your Dog Snore While Asleep?

It is not unusual to see pet owners let their pets sleep with them at night. In fact, 1/3 of pet owners have at some point, allowed their pets to sleep on their beds. Dogs provide a companionship that can’t be given by any other breed of animals. It’s nice to have a little furry body to cuddle with. But does your dog snore?

Dog that gets to sleep in owner's bed.

Dogs have a sleep pattern that is much like ours. Dogs often resign with complete trust on their humans, which makes them a bit more relaxed during the night. This explains why most dogs fall to sleep more easily and later on, enter into deep sleeps where REM sleep activities can occur.

Dreaming While They Sleep

In fact, once dogs enter this stage, the owner needs to shake them heavily before they are actually roused from sleep. (Be careful if you have to wake them as they may startle and bite accidentally.)

Puppy that doesn't care what happens when they are sleeping.
“I’m dreaming I’m a Ninja.”

Many of us have already witnessed a dog paddling during sleep or at times, barks with eyes close. These dogs are said to be dreaming.

Breathing While Asleep

Breathing patterns can also be observed among dogs. There are breeds which deliver heavier breathing while there are those who breathes very lightly. The heavy breathers are much prone with snoring than those who do not snore as heavily.

Dogs who snore can be quite a nuisance during the night, depending on the degree and frequency of the occurrence of this phenomenon. This is why Chloe is not allowed to sleep in my bed at night!

Like with humans, there are various considerations why dogs snore. Most though deals with the obstruction of air passage which cause the collision of certain parts along the throat area that in turn, leads to collapse of these parts.

Diagram of the soft palate in regular nose and short nosed dogs that make them snore while they sleep.

A snoring dog must be checked of various causes to determine which treatment can be best applied. Some dogs are especially prone to specific allergic reaction that causes the constriction in the airway.

It may also be that there are some excess tissue found in this area that inhibits proper breathing. It is best if a veterinarian checks on various factors through careful evaluation of the dog’s anatomical features and general symptoms.

Obesity Can Make Dog Snore While They Sleep

A chunky dog laying in the grass.
“Did you mention food?”

Or probably, your dog is overweight. Like with humans, obese dogs are more likely to snore during the night. This is because they have more flesh surrounding their throats. Thus, they have excess tissues that dangle along the throat which can potentially cause the obstructions.

Once this problem is corrected, the risks of developing snores will be decreased. This would not only be healthy for your dogs, you may eventually enjoy nights of quiet tunes.

Snoring also lies with the general face features. Dogs all seem to have pushed-in faces which narrows their air passages to certain degrees. The construction of their nasal passages also largely contribute to the difficulty of breathing.

Pugs are prone to snoring while they sleep.
Shih-tzus are prone to snoring while they sleep.
Bulldogs are prone to snoring while they sleep.

They are like humans who are forced to breathe using only twenty-five percent of their actual nostrils. Dog breeds with shorter faces need lots of effort to maximize their nostrils. It takes them more hard work to control breathing and they are more prone to snoring.

Surgery For Dog Snore

Minor surgeries can do your dog great relief. Be sure though that before any decision is made, you are well educated with the potential risks and consequences of surgery for dog snoring. Most are actually irreversible so careful analysis must be rendered. It is best to follow the guidelines provided by your veterinarian.

Frankie & Chloe Snore!

Frankie cuddling with his bunny while he goes to sleep.

Since Frankie was a pug, of coarse he would snore because of his smooshy face. He would always love to lay on papaw’s lap and fall asleep (my dad would fall asleep also). He had a tiny snore and when he would start dreaming, he would start puffing out his little cheeks with a little “wuf”. We always made sure his throat and trachea was ok with the veterinarian.

Chloe sleeping in my bed while I get dressed.

Chloe is a boxer/pit mix with a nose that’s just a little shorter than normal. When I took her for a check-up with the veterinarian, they asked me if she snored and that there is a procedure they can do to cut her elongated palate. It wasn’t a necessary surgery since she did fine with eating and drinking without choking. I love her snore and wouldn’t change it!

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