Q: My dog snores really loud! I've heard that when humans snore it could mean they have health problems. Does dog snoring mean the same thing? Is there any way to get him to stop?
A: If your dog snores, don't be too immediately alarmed.
Dog snoring does not always indicate significant health problems. Some dogs snore without ever having any problems. Overweight dogs that snore may benefit from weight loss. Any excess fat can obstruct their airways and make it more difficult for them to breathe especially when lying down.
My Dog Snores: Are There Any Dogs More Likely To Snore Than Others?
Dogs with short, pushed in faces are most likely to snore. These types of dogs are called brachycephalics and include breeds like the Pug, Boxer,or Boston Terrier. These dogs are afflicted by something called brachycephalic airway syndrome. This syndrome consists of narrow nostrils, an elongated soft palate, and a narrowed windpipe. Brachycephalic breeds may have one or a combination of these problems that make it difficult for them to breathe properly.
With Brachycephalic Breeds, Are There Any Other Conditions I Should Worry About?
It is also important to remember that these breeds are prone to heat stroke. There are surgeries to correct these abnormalities. If your veterinarian determines that your pet is in danger, surgical correction may be necessary.