If this is the first time your dog has started snoring, you may be wondering, “Why is my dog snoring suddenly?” When our dogs make any of their numerous sounds, they can be so cute. As a result, your dog’s first or second snoring while awake or asleep may not bother you. You must understand when to get concerned to help your dog feel better, especially if the cause of their snoring causes them discomfort. Continue reading to learn if your dog can snore even when they are not sleeping and what might be causing it.

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Is My Dog Snoring or Purring?

Your dog is more likely to snore than purr. Dogs snore because airflow gets restricted through their nose or throat. Tissues or obstructions in the airway can cause airflow to stop and restart, causing your dog to snore. The nasal cavity or nasopharynx, which is the area between the nasal cavity and the throat, produces the sound. When the dog’s airway gets blocked, air leaks through, vibrating the nasal cavity and producing the sound of snoring. You don’t need to get concerned if your dog snores. But, if they appear tired, sick, or if their snoring worsens, it could be a sign of a health problem. 1

Do Dogs Snore in Their Sleep?

Yes, dogs snore in their sleep, but not all dogs snore in their sleep.  Here are some reasons dogs in their sleep.

  • Blockage
  • Cold
  • Sleeping position
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

BLOCKAGE

Blockages can cause airflow to pause and start, causing your dog to snore. Small foreign bodies can become lodged in a dog’s nose or throat, obstructing the airway and causing snoring.

COLD

Snoring and sneezing can start in your dog, and he may have a cold. If this is the case, they should seek treatment from a veterinarian for a common cold, which should stop the snoring.

SLEEPING POSITION

The position in which your dog sleeps can have an impact on their snoring habits. Because sleeping on one’s back can disrupt airflow, a dog who sleeps on its back is much more likely to snore than a dog who sleeps on its side.

OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA

It is rare but dogs can have obstructive sleep apnea. If your pet snores or becomes tired during the day, this could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. You’ll likely notice the snoring first, but also pay attention to whether he’s gasping or gagging while sleeping, or if he’s tired or irritable during the day. Regarding pets who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, switching to a sleep-specific pillow is not an easy solution. Veterinarians tell overweight dogs to lose weight through diet, prescription medication, or surgery when their obstructions can happen through malformed nostrils or airways.

Why is My Dog Snoring While Awake?

Here are some other reasons your dog snores while awake.

  • Their facial structure
  • A foreign object in the nose
  • An allergic reaction
  • Obesity can all cause it
  • A collapsed trachea
  • Laryngeal paralysis
  • Nasal tumors

THEIR FACIAL STRUCTURE

Your dog will snore when awake because he is a short-headed breed. This implies that their facial structure is to blame. The nostrils of dogs with this facial structure are narrow. This constricts their airways. Because of their narrow airways, they must occasionally make noises. Such a sound indicates that they are having difficulty breathing. 2

Short-headed Dogs that Snore When Awake

Your dog that snores when awake might just be part of this breed.

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

Why is My Dog Snoring All of a Sudden?

Here are some reasons why your dog is snoring suddenly.

  • Dental problems
  • Smoke
  • Medications
  • Obesity
  • Allergies
  • Polyps
  • Pollution
  • Breed

DENTAL PROBLEMS

Your dog may be suffering from dental problems and isn’t feeling well. These dental issues can cause snoring, and snoring can be a sign of a larger problem.

SMOKE

Your dog may suffer if you smoke. Dogs who get exposed to cigarette smoke on a regular or continuous basis are more likely to snore because tobacco contains toxins and chemicals that can irritate your dog.

MEDICATIONS

Certain medications are factors that can contribute to snoring in dogs because these medications relax the muscles in the throat.

Here are some medications that can cause dogs to snore.

  1. Tranquilizers
  2. Muscle relaxers 
  3. Sedatives

OBESITY

Overweight dogs are more likely to snore because excess fat accumulates in the tissues surrounding the upper airways. Make sure your dog doesn’t become overweight because of snoring and what it could mean.

ALLERGIES

Allergies can cause congestion, which in turn can cause snoring. If your dog only snores at certain times of the year, it might be due to having seasonal allergies. Intolerances to materials in their environment can develop in our dogs, resulting in constipation, and other signs.

POLYPS

Snoring can be due to polyps in dogs. Polyps are benign growths that can appear in the noses of dogs, and snoring can be due to nasal polyps. If the polyps are causing your dog serious breathing problems, surgical removal may be necessary.

BREED

Short-nosed dog breeds are far more prone to snoring than other breeds. Their snouts are shorter, and they have a lot of skin in front of their faces in some cases.

Can Dogs Snore With Their Eyes Open?

Dogs, like humans, can sleep with their eyes open, but they are sleeping. Exposing their eyes to the elements while they are sound asleep causes them to dry out and become vulnerable to damage. Only when dogs are anesthetized do their eyes close and they “sleep.”

Do Dogs Snore When They Get Old?

It is normal for dogs to snore more as they age. This gets caused by partial or total laryngeal paralysis, which can be caused by an underlying condition or nerve aging. The flaccid larynx then obstructs airflow. When your dog is sleeping, this is most noticeable.

What Can I Do to Help My Dog Stop Snoring?

Here are things you can do to help your dog stop snoring.

  • Take your short-nosed dog to the vet.
  • Use a humidifier
  • Adjust the dog’s sleeping position
  • Clean where the dog sleeps
  • Reduce cause of allergies
  • Other treatments should be used with caution
  • Overweight dogs should be exercised

TAKE YOUR SHORT-NOSED DOG TO A VET

Snoring is common in dog breeds with short noses. Even if your dog has been like this his entire life, it can be a serious health issue. If your dog has any of these breeds in his pedigree, take him to the vet.

USE A HUMIDIFIER

Wind irritates the nose and throat and this leads to increasing the frequency and severity of snoring. Use a humidifier in the room where your dog sleeps if you live in an arid climate. You can also increase humidity by hanging damp laundry to dry or leaving open water containers in the room with a lot of surface area.

ADJUST THE DOG’S SLEEPING POSITION

Place your sleeping dog on his stomach, so that you can straighten his head and paws. If your dog insists on sleeping on his side, put a pillow under his head to keep his neck straight. This may aid in the improvement of airflow. A round bed is good because it encourages them to curl up.

CLEAN WHERE THE DOG SLEEPS

Make sure to clean where your dog sleeps because, in the process, you remove anything that can cause allergies for the dog.

REDUCE CAUSE OF ALLERGIES

Smoke and dust should be far away from your dog and its bedding because they aren’t healthy for him. If your dog has a stuffy nose, take him for a walk away from busy streets. Pollen counts in your area can show up online or in the newspaper, and morning walks should not occur on pollen-heavy days.

OTHER TREATMENTS SHOULD BE USED WITH CAUTION

According to standard organizations, herbal remedies should not get used in place of veterinarian-recommended treatments. More concentrated herbal treatments, particularly those intended for humans, should not get used on your dog without first consulting with a veterinarian. Substances that are safe for humans can have negative consequences for dogs because humans and dogs are not the same. 3

OVERWEIGHT DOGS SHOULD BE EXERCISED

Snoring can occur due to fat buildup in the throat, which can restrict airflow and cause snoring. This is one of the most common causes of snoring, especially if the dog’s breathing stops for a few seconds before gasping. Check that your dog is getting enough exercise for his or her age and breed because it is important.

Below are some tips when exercising your dog.

  1. Active breeds require at least 30–60 minutes of active exercise per day as puppies or young adults.
  2. Even “indoor” breeds and toy breeds require more than a short walk regularly. Play a long enough indoor game to exhaust them.
  3. Even elderly dogs should be walked daily, but not to the point where they limp or become exhausted.
  4. Playing at the dog park is usually better for the dog than jogging or running for an extended time. Look up recommendations for your dog’s breed, so that you will get the best results.

Do Dogs Snore Before They Die?

Below are some signs your dog is dying.

  • Loss of coordination
  • A loss of appetite
  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Reduced mobility 
  • loss of bladder and bowel control
  • The need effort to breathe

The process of dying is a very personal experience that begins long before death. Every dog’s death is distinct because each dog is distinct in its way. Unless their dog’s death comes unexpected, owners often experience anticipated grief when their dogs undergo physical, behavioral, and psychological changes during their transition from this world.

Can You Train a Dog to Not Snore?

Here are some tips to follow when training your dog.

  • Pay attention to your dog
  • Don’t be stingy with your affection
  • Tell him exactly what you’d like him to do
  • Consistency is key
  • Keep your expectations in check

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR DOG

Learn to pay attention to your dog, so that you can notice how the training is going. Since your dog is unable to control his snoring, you must pay attention when a new sleeping position you want him to try is uncomfortable, even if it will help him stop snoring.

CONSISTENCY IS KEY

It’s critical to involve as many family members as possible when training your dog so that everyone is on the same page.

KEEP YOUR EXPECTATIONS IN CHECK

It takes time to change behavior, so be patient. You must have realistic expectations about changing your dog’s behavior and the time it will take to change unwanted behaviors.

Citations Used in this Article

  1. Why do dogs snore? Causes & professional advice (betterpet)
  2. 7 Reasons Why Your Dog Is Snoring While Awake (DogsAndClogs)
  3. How to Stop a Dog from Snoring: 10 Steps with Pictures (wikiHow)

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.