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When Is a Dog’s Snoring Normal and When Is it Not?

Your dog’s snoring is adorable in a video post, but maybe not so funny if it wakes you up at night! Is his snore too loud or are you a light sleeper? There are ways to know if a dog’s snore means a sinus or health problem or if he’s just a noisy sleeper. When is dog snoring normal and when is it not? Check out these signs below.

Normal snoring

1. Back sleepers: If your dog sleeps on his back, his tongue can partially block his throat creating that unmistakable chh-chh-chh sound.

2. Medication: Some medications can cause your dog to snore.

3. A common cold: Dogs can become congested when they’re under the weather. It’s likely the snoring will stop once they’re feeling better.

4. Allergies: Dust and secondhand smoke can create sinus problems.

5. It’s who she is! If your dog is happy, healthy, energetic and eating well, snoring could be normal for her.

6. Short-muzzle breeds: Shih Tzus, Pugs and French Bulldogs are simply prone to snoring. It's part of the anatomy. Here is a helpful list of the dog breeds most likely to snore.

Snoring warning signs

1. If your dog has never snored before, it could be a sign of something serious and a vet should be consulted.

2. Hypothyroidism: This happens if she’s not producing enough of the hormone that affects her metabolism. A vet may prescribe a daily medication that will clear up the nighttime symphony.

3. An abscessed tooth or throat infection: This is extremely rare, but all the more reason to make sure she sees a veterinarian immediately.

4. Debris in the throat: Sometimes a piece of a ball or other item may be stuck in his throat. If you suspect he’s been chewing on something, see the vet immediately.

5. Obesity or excess weight: If you've noticed that your dog has taken on a few pounds, that could be the culprit. Ask your vet the proper weight for your pup's breed. 

Home remedies

1. For back sleepers, an oval bed will encourage her to sleep in the “curl up” position.

2. Vacuum often to reduce dander, dirt and pollens.

3. Exercise: Daily walks will keep your dog healthy and help aid in a good night’s sleep—for both of you!