Dog snoring remedies
Most people out there won’t believe that dogs snore—because a lot of dogs out there actually don’t snore. However, there are a number of dogs which due to a reason or two, snore, and the condition can be disturbing to their owners.
If you are reading this, you’ve probably had a busy day at work and all you want to have is a peaceful night’s sleep but the snoring from your dog can’t even let you close your eyes. Dog owners who experience this problem find it devastating especially if the snoring disturbs your sleep. I know a few people who have been through this and they were disturbed. So, to help, I did some research on dog snoring in their sleep and found some remedies worth sharing.
Why do dogs snore?
As the case with humans, and other animals, snoring happens when you can’t move air through your nose and throat smoothly while asleep. As a result, the air rubs against the tissues in your nose and throat causing the unpleasant sound we refer to as a snore. That’s exactly the case with dogs. So, ideally, the question we should be asking is what makes it difficult for air to flow through your dog’s nose and through smoothly thereby causing the snore?
Dogs that are obese have a lot of tissue around their necks and throats. These tissues collapse around the esophagus blocking the passage of air. This induces snoring since there is little space for air to pass through.
If you smoke tobacco in your home the passive smoke can be irritating to your pet and other humans as well. If you didn’t know, your dog’s throat is quite sensitive and the passive smoke has a way of narrowing the gap through which air flows—over time. If you can’t resist the urge to smoke, do it outside away from your pet or other humans—it could be the reason your dog snores.
Dust, smoke and pollen grains may also cause your dog to snore. If there is a high concentration of agents of allergic reactions around your home then this might be the root cause of the dog snoring problem. Allergens induce buildup of mucus around the nose and throat which blocks the passage of air to the lungs.
The Dog Breed
There are some dog breeds that are most susceptible to snoring especially those that are squishy-faced. This is essential because their elongated soft palate blocks the opening of the larynx hence affecting the intake of air. Besides, if you imported a breed from a different continent, it probably doesn’t have the adaptations to deal with the new climatic conditions you brought it to so it may have difficulty in adapting to its new surroundings, and snoring may be a sign. Example of dog breeds that snore a lot, in America are:
- French Bulldogs
- Black Russian Terrier
- Clumber Spaniel
If your dog has sleeping disorders they will occasionally snore a lot. Some dogs suffer from sleep apnea which is a condition that makes your dog stop breathing temporarily then start breathing again a few moments after. Its symptoms include loud snoring and waking up at night for no reason.
So how do you stop the snoring habit?
I guess you are sick and tired of all the snoring that comes from your pet at night. Here are some remedies to this behavior:
Buy a round dog bed
This is one simple way of solving this problem. Round dog beds provide room for dogs to curl up which makes it easy on the esophagus, air passages, and the spine. Nonetheless, it is also an amazing way to reward your dog.
Use air humidifier
Air humidifiers increase more moisture in the air. At times your dog’s mouth and throat may be dry which causes the throat flaps to stick together increasing snoring.
Buy a pillow
At times snoring in pets may be because of their sleeping positions. You can tweak the pillow to a given position which might just solve the problem. Moreover, you should teach your dog how to use a pillow properly.
This should be your last option if all other remedies don’t seem to work. However, before you proceed to this you should consult your vet first.
There you go, I hope you’ve gotten the much-needed information to deal with your dog’s snoring.