Do dogs snore when they are in pain or is it nothing to worry about? Since dogs are unable to verbally communicate, they often suffer in silence, making it difficult to recognize when they are in pain. In this article, we will discuss ways you can identify if your dog is in pain and how to stop dogs from snoring.


Is My Dog Snoring or in Pain?

Here are some ways to recognize when your dog is in pain.

  • Over-Grooming
  • Anti-social
  • Your dog is becoming louder
  • Modifications in Routines
  • Heavy wheezing


When a dog gets injured, his first instinct is to lick the wound to clean it and care for it. Although cuts are more visible, pain can also hurt a lot.


Dogs may take their time greeting you at the door, avoid making eye contact or even become aggressive. If your dog is hiding or acting antisocial, he could be in pain. Any discernible change in behavior should get addressed with caution.

Your dog is becoming louder

Making yourself more audible When a dog is in pain, he or she becomes more vocal. Excessive barking could be your dog’s way of alerting you to a problem.

Modifications in Routines

When dogs sleep more, it can be a result of pain. This could be due to them trying to heal or having difficulty moving. Loss of appetite and noticeable differences in how much you drink are two common symptoms. 1

Heavy wheezing

Wheezing and a few others, are common side effects. But, a dog that pants despite not having exercised is a red flag. If you have shallow breathing, it can also be painful to catch your breath.

Can a Dog Snore While Awake?

Yes, a dog can snore while awake. You might be wondering what’s wrong if your dog snores while you’re awake. When a dog snores while awake, it often indicates a problem that a veterinarian can detect in specific areas of the dog’s body. You might not know is it serious or not if you don’t seek help, or observe your dog know the cause.

Here are some reasons why your dog is snoring while awake.

  • Foreign objects
  • Tumors.
  • The shape of your dog’s face
  • Allergies.
  • Respiratory issues

Foreign objects

Your dog could have ingested or inhaled a foreign object into his system. This foreign object can obstruct the airways, causing the dog to snore while awake.


While the dog is awake, tumors in the nasal cavity may cause him to snore. Sneezing, nose losing blood, and gasping for air are all possible symptoms of a tumor in your dog’s nose. The tumor’s nature should get determined, and if it is benign, it should get removed. If the tumor is cancerous, it should get removed as soon as possible, and the dog should begin chemotherapy and radiation treatment. 2

The shape of your dog’s face

Snoring while awake can be possible through a dog’s facial anatomy. Some dog breeds have pushed-in faces and narrowed airways, which can make it difficult for them to breathe. Due to the way some dogs’ faces are naturally created, these dogs can have breathing problems.


Allergies may be to blame if the dog snores more during pollen seasons or after being outside or in contact with smoke or other chemicals.

Respiratory issues

While awake, your dog may snore if he has respiratory or lung problems. Other signs to look for include pale or bluish gums and tongue, as well as panting, wheezing, and shallow breathing.

Why is My Dog Snoring so Loud All of a Sudden?

A dog who suddenly starts breathing loudly when they didn’t before could be suffering from an obstruction in their airway, resulting in turbulent airflow and loud breathing and itching. Obstacles can range from grass seeds in the nose to polyps.

Snoring can be quite loud, so consult a veterinarian if you notice your dog loudly snoring when he or she has never snored before. It is important to know that it might likely not mean anything serious too.

Here are some reasons why your dog is snoring loud all of a sudden.

  • Position when Sleeping
  • Upper Respiratory Infections 
  • Swelling of the Nasal Cavity
  • Medical Conditions might be the Root

Position when Sleeping

The position in which your dog sleeps can affect his snoring because lying on his back can disrupt airflow. A dog who sleeps on his back is much more likely to snore than a dog who sleeps on his side. The tissue in a dog’s throat and the nasal cavity will slightly collapse when he sleeps on his back.  If your dog only snores when he sleeps in a certain position, it’s safe to assume that the sleeping position is the source of his snoring.

Upper Respiratory Infections 

Excessive mucus production can go with upper respiratory infections (URIs), making air passage through the nasal passages more difficult. A respiratory infection can cause swelling in the nasal canal as well as an influx of mucus. It’s best to seek veterinary advice as soon as possible if you suspect your dog is suffering from a respiratory illness. Without medical help, URIs can quickly worsen, resulting in severe symptoms.

Swelling of the Nasal Cavity

Another possible cause of snoring in our lovable pups is nasal cavity swelling. If you’ve ever had a stuffy nose, you understand how difficult it is to get a good night’s sleep. It’s nearly impossible to find a position that allows for normal airflow, which can lead to snoring. Infectious respiratory illnesses, nasal foreign bodies, and other factors can cause nasal passage swelling. It’s best to consult your veterinarian if you suspect nasal cavity swelling is the cause of snoring.

Medical Conditions might be the Root

While less common than the other causes on this list, a dog’s snoring can sometimes come because of an underlying health problem. Some medical conditions can alter his breathing, obstruct their airways, or even have a serious metabolic impact on them. Nasal tumors, laryngeal paralysis, and, in rare cases, sleep apnea are all examples of underlying conditions. A veterinary visit with in-depth diagnostics will help to diagnose any of these complications.

Do Dogs Snore When They Get Older?

As a dog gets older, the structures in the back of its throat may weaken. In middle-aged to older large breed dogs, a condition known as laryngeal paralysis is a common cause of stridor. Changes in vocalization can affect dogs, as well as exercise intolerance and collapse during exercise. Under certain conditions, especially during heat or humid seasons, if it is not taken seriously by seeking the right help, it might get worse.

Do Dogs Snore because They are Overweight?

Yes, it is possible for dogs to snore because they are overweight. Many breeds snore because of being overweight. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), more than half of all dogs are overweight by consideration. Your dog does not have to appear obese to snore; even a small amount of weight can cause snoring in dogs. Snoring appears to be acceptable if your dog is a little overweight. Slightly lowering your dog’s weight will help him stop snoring. While fat pads deposited around the throat or extra tissues in obese dogs can obstruct airflow. Losing weight can aid in the prevention of how dogs snore and a variety of other health issues. 3

Why Does My Dog Snore When She Breathes?

When a dog snores while breathing, there’s usually a problem with airflow into or out of the creature’s windpipe, nasal passages, and a few other places that can be difficult to pinpoint. Veterinarians use the terms stertor and stridor to describe these snoring noises. The raspy vibrating sound of exhalation and inhalation is mostly called stridor, and the snoring that sounds like a gasping noise is mostly called stertor.

Here are some of the reasons why your dog snores while she breathes.

  • Hereditary
  • Neoplasia is a term that refers to growth.
  • Issues with the trachea
  • Between the vocal folds, there are masses.
  • Chest problems are a common occurrence.
  • In the trachea, there are problems with airflow access.
  • The collapse of the airway
  • Low levels of oxygen in the blood count

Why Does My Dog Snore so Loud When Sleeping?

If your dog snores so loudly that you can’t sleep, it may be a sign of serious airflow impedance. This is common in short-headed or brachycephalic breeds with narrow nares and elongated soft palates, and it may require surgery to improve their breathing capabilities.

Here is a list of short-headed or brachycephalic breeds; you can confirm if any of your dogs snore because they are among these breeds.

  • Lhasa Apsos
  • Cane Corsos
  • Chow Chows
  • English Toy Spaniels
  • Affenpinschers
  • Pekingese
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Shih Tzus
  • Chihuahuas
  • Pugs
  • Boston Terriers
  • French Bulldogs
  • Bullmastiffs
  • Bulldogs
  • Boxers

Note, your dog might be snoring loud due to a different reason and most of them are mentioned in this article.

Why Does My Dog Only Snore at Night?

During sleep, the air moves in and out of a dog’s nose, soft palate, and trachea. When a blockage occurs anywhere along the dog’s upper respiratory tract, snoring occurs. The air moving past the blockage causes the vibrational noise we call snoring. When the dog inhales air, the noise usually occurs, and it can happen at any stage of sleep. The tongue can retract into the throat, making breathing difficult. However, it could be a symptom of a health issue that you should be aware of as a pet owner. There’s no need to get concerned about your dog’s snoring, but it could show a health problem if they appear tired, sick, or if their snoring worsens.

How to Keep a Dog from Snoring.

Here are some ways to keep a dog from snoring.

  • Gently adjust your dog’s sleeping position because snoring can be due to him sleeping in the wrong position.
  • When your dog sleeps with you and snores, use pillows to help them sleep on their side.
  • Keep your dog’s bed in your room so that you can all sleep in the same room comfortably, as your dog may be snoring due to his discomfort.
  • An overweight dog requires exercise, and playtime outside, as well as a regular healthy exercise routine.
  •  Maintain a clean environment in your home by making sure your dog’s belongings and environment are clean. This keeps objects out of the way of airflow.
  • Avoid anyone smoking close to your dog because it can cause snoring in your door. Make sure to wash your hands after smoking when touching your dog.
  • While it is good to try all the above, they might not help stop your dog from snoring. The next thing to do is to take your dog to go and see a veterinarian for professional help. You are doing so because your dog’s snoring might be a sign of a medical condition.

Citations Used in this Article

  1. How to Tell if a Dog Is in Pain | Signs & Symptoms Of Pain In Dogs (vets-now)
  2. Why Is Your Dog Snoring While Awake? (vetinfo)
  3. Why Do Dogs Snore? 12 Factors Behind Snoring! (ohmydogsdiet)

Published by Jennifer Ibrahim

Jennifer is a Healthy Beauty Project lifestyle writer. She has experience writing eBooks, video scripts, and articles on a variety of topics for a variety of companies. She writes understandable articles to help people get back on track when they become overworked.