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.
Dogs have a sleep pattern that is much like ours. Dogs often resign with complete trust on their masters, which make them a bit more relaxed during the night.
So, do all dogs snore?
According to recent studies it has been found that approximately only 20% of dogs snore. These are usually breeds that have small or pushed up noses, such as pugs and boxers. These types of breeds have smaller air passage ways and they can find it more difficult to breathe. The also tend to snort, especially when they are excited. It is possible that these small airways can lead to a serious condition in which the airways actually flatten, making it very difficult for the dog to breath.
Sometimes respiratory allergies can contribute to snoring. So, you may want to pay attention to whether there is a seasonal pattern to the snoring, or if it is worse after the house is dusted. Age is another contributor to snoring in dogs. Unsurprisingly, as dogs get older, they are more likely to snore.
Causes of Dog Snoring
1 . Dogs that are overweight or obese tend to have excess tissue in their throat which causes the obstruction that blocks the airways.
2 . Allergens like tree and weed pollen, dust and smoke cause nasal allergies.
3 . Certain dog breeds are predisposed to snoring.
4 . Tobacco smoke is a big irritant to your pet. As long as your dog lives in a smoke filled environment he will continue to snore.
5 . If your pet is suffering from a cold he might snore in his sleep until his nostrils are clear.
Getting your dog to change her position can greatly reduce snoring. Many vets recommend getting your dog a round doggy bed that makes the curl up and therefore snore less. If your dog is allergy prone, try to take his walk when the pollen and pollution counts are lowest, at times when there's the least amount of traffic.
Useful Ways to Stop Dog Snoring
1 . If your dog is suffering from snoring caused by allergens make sure you clean his bedding every day. Walk him outdoors when the pollen levels are low. Vacuum regularly and keep rugs and curtains dust free.
2 . Regularly exercise your pet so that he will reduce in weight and the snoring problem stops.
3 . A small surgery may be conducted on breeds predisposed to snoring. However, the surgery is generally conducted when dogs are young.
4 . Try to change the way your dog sleeps by either changing his bed or his sleeping posture.
5 . Give your dog a pillow. If he uses the pillow it will elevate his head and may reduce snoring.
6 . Avoid smoking next to your dog. Keep him in a smoke free environment.
If you have followed all the tips suggested and apart from that if your dog snores louder and louder, it is better for you to take him to veterinarian. Notice whether your dog gasps for breathe while sleeping. Do take him to doctor and know the cause behind his seriously louder snoring habit.
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.
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