Snoring is mainly found in brachycephalic dogs with a flat snout. Dogs can snore while sleeping but also when awake. Snoring is sometimes poorly tolerated by dogs: dieting is recommended for overweight animals and surgery may be required.
Dogs may snore from time to time during sleep without concern. Snoring is accentuated when the dog sleeps in certain positions.
Some dogs also snore during the day, this concerns mainly brachycephalic dogs with flattened noses such as French Bulldogs, Boxers, Pugs, etc. Some dogs will snore all their life without it having an impact on their comfort and life expectancy. The inconvenience is then only sound for the owners.
On the other hand, you should be concerned about your pet's snoring if it has breathing difficulties when it gets excited, runs, is stressed or when it is hot, has respiratory insufficiency, is depressed, has an altered general state, etc. Brachycephalic dogs have anatomical malformations that hinder the passage of air and lead to breathing difficulties: stenosis of the nostrils (reduction in the size of the nostrils), eversion of the laryngeal ventricles and a longer palate. This is called brachycephalic syndrome.
It is important to consult a veterinarian as soon as possible because brachycephalic syndrome leads to cardiac suffering and a decrease in life expectancy. Feel free to read our fact sheet on brachycephalic syndrome in dogs for more information.
My dog snores
There are other causes that can be responsible for snoring in dogs such as :
- nasopharyngeal polyps
- a foreign body
It is advisable to consult a veterinarian if the snoring appears suddenly and/or if your dog shows other symptoms. The treatment depends on the cause of the snoring.
In brachycephalic dogs, a diet is recommended in case of overweight. Surgery may also be necessary.