Don’t be too quick to laugh at your dog sawing logs, because the things that cause them to snore aren’t always so innocent. Here a few slightly more serious explanations for your pup’s crazy sleeping sounds.
1. Breed anatomy.
Flat-faced breeds are understandably prone to snoring, as their airways are shorter and may have more trouble moving air in and out. I’m talking to you, Bulldogs, Pugs, and Boxers. In this case, snoring can be normal, but it’s always a good idea to double-check with your vet if you’re concerned.
Same as people, allergies to dust, pollen, and dander can make it hard to breathe. Many dogs have medications to help ease these problems, or it could be as simple as changing the air filter in your house.
3. Canine obesity.
More tissue around the throat means a greater chance that it can constrict airways. This can be extremely dangerous, especially if the trachea ends up collapsing. Obesity causes much more than snoring, too, which is good enough reason for any pooch to lose a few pounds.
4. Dental issues.
If a rogue tooth becomes an abscess or a growth appears in the mouth, it could block airways and cause snoring. These types of abnormalities can easily become infected and require more serious intervention.
5. Fungal disease: Aspergillosis.
This is something that affects both humans and animals, and occurs as a result of inhaling mold spores in hay, grass, and compost piles. They enter the body through the lining of the nasal cavity, causing irritation.
6. The common cold.
Just like us, dogs can get sniffles, too. Inflammation and irritation are the culprits behind runny noses, sneezing, wheezing, and snoring.
7. Second-hand smoke.
Big no-no, humans. You should know better. If there was ever a reason to quit, do it for your dog.
8. Physical obstruction.
Not unheard of, debris can lodge itself in your dog’s throat or nasal passages and inhibit breathing, whether it’s a fragment of a tennis ball or piece of mulch. If you suspect this is the case, it’s time for a doctor’s visit.
And because I can’t end this on such a dismal note, be aware that ordinarily snoring is normal! Other harmless causes include the dog’s sleeping position–lying on their back as opposed to their side might cause snoring–as well as certain medications. Drugs may cause the throat to relax more than normal, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and would likely stop when the medication is finished.