Sleeping in a bed with a dog isn’t for everyone. It can be soothing to have that big lug of a Lab pressed up against you, but you may well be sleeping with a dog that likes to hog the blankets or fill up most of the available space on the mattress. And, of course, you may have a dog snoring problem loudly. It’s that last part that may trouble you the most. Humans who snore loudly are often candidates for sleep apnea, a disorder in which you stop breathing briefly while you’re out cold. As you can imagine, it’s a serious medical condition for humans, and so you may well wonder if your dog’s snoring loud might be a sign of a health problem.
Although your dog’s snoring may be perfectly normal, as it turns out, you are right to be concerned. So if you’re wondering whether to take your snorer in to see the vet, here are some things you’ll want to know.
Some Dog Breeds Are Predisposed to Dog Snoring
Do you have an English bulldog, Shih Tzu, or Pug? These breeds are brachycephalic, which means that your dog has a broad, short skull with a short snout; i.e., a short breathing passage. It also means you’re probably the pet parent of a snorer.
“As we breed dogs to have shorter snouts, the soft palette in the back of their throat doesn’t change, and that can be a problem,” says Dr. Jeff Werber, a veterinarian who has a private clinic in Los Angeles and has become known for taking care of the pets of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Eva Longoria, Magic Johnson, and two of the Jonas brothers (Kevin and Nick).
Dr. Werber says that a lot of factors can go into your dog’s snoring, especially when they’re a breed with a smaller snout. How your dog’s body is positioned when sleeping, the shape of the dog’s neck, and the length of its nose are all factors that can influence a dog’s breathing. “It can all contribute to the snoring,” Dr. Werber says.
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