Snoring is encountered mainly in brachycephalic dogs with a flat muzzle. Dogs can snore during sleep but also while awake. Snoring is sometimes poorly tolerated by dogs: a diet is recommended for overweight animals and surgery may be necessary.
Dogs can snore occasionally while sleeping without worrying. Snoring is accentuated when the dog sleeps in certain positions.
Some dogs also snore during the day, this mainly concerns brachycephalic dogs with flattened noses like French Bulldog, Boxer, Pug, etc. dogs Dogs will snore all their lives without this having an impact on their comfort and life expectancy. The inconvenience is then only audible for the owners.
On the other hand, it is necessary to be concerned with the snoring of his animal if he presents breathing difficulties when he is excited, short, stressed or when he is warm, respiratory insufficiency, depression, deterioration of the general state , etc… Dogs of brachycephalic breeds have anatomical malformations which hinder the passage of air and cause breathing difficulties: stenosis of the nostrils (reduction in the size of the nostrils), eversion of the laryngeal ventricles and longer palate. This is called the brachycephalic syndrome.
It is important to consult a veterinarian quickly because brachycephalic syndrome causes heart failure and a decrease in life expectancy. Do not hesitate to read our fact sheet on dog brachycephalic syndrome for more information.
There are other causes that can be responsible for snoring in dogs such as:
- nasopharyngeal polyps
- a foreign body
- etc …
It is advisable to consult a veterinarian if snoring appears suddenly and / or if your dog presents other symptoms. The treatment to be implemented depends on the cause of the snoring.
In brachycephalic dogs, a diet is recommended in case of overweight. Surgery may also be necessary.