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Snoring in Pets

September 1, 2023

Does your furry pal saw logs in his sleep? It can be cute watching Fido or Fluffy peacefully snoozing. However, as with people, snoring can be quite normal in some cases, but can be a sign of trouble in others. A local Burlington, ON vet goes over some information on this below.

Why Do Pets Snore?

Snoring is essentially the same for both pets and people. This sound happens when air passages get blocked during sleep cycles. Minor snoring isn’t a concern, but heavy snoring can be dangerous.

What Dogs Snore The Most

If there were snoring competitions, Pugs and Bulldogs would likely land the top spots. Some of the other usual doggy suspects include Boston Terrier, Dogue de Bordeaux, Black Russian Terrier, and Pekingese. For kitties, Persians, Burmese, and Himalayans make the top of the list. 

What Makes Pets Snore?

While any pet can snore, some are more susceptible than others. This is particularly common in brachycephalic breeds, because they have such short snouts and airways, and pushed-in faces. Obesity can also play a role, as extra fat around the neck can block breath. The position your furry pal sleeps in may also have something to do with it. (Kitties somehow manage to fall asleep in positions we usually associate with pretzels, but that’s another topic.) If none of these seem to be the issue, there also could be a foreign object, such as mucus or dirt, involved. Other possible causes include allergies, dental issues, and growths, such as tumors.

Should I Worry About My Pet’s Snoring?

Respiratory issues are no joke. If your furry friend seems like they’re struggling to breathe, talk to your vet. Other causes of concern include discharge, which could indicate a respiratory issue. Panting, wheezing, coughing, or open mouth breathing may also be indicative of trouble, as is visible swelling.

How Do I Stop My Pet Snoring?

What if your furry friend has gotten the all-clear from your vet, but is keeping you up at night? There are a few things you can try. First and foremost, don’t let Fido or Fluffy get obese. Make sure they’re getting enough exercise, and are eating a proper diet. You may also want to try adding a humidifier. Another thing you can do is offer a bed with raised sides, so they have a pillow. (An actual pillow may work as well.)

Do you have questions about caring for your pet? Contact us, your Burlington, ON animal clinic, today.

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