Why Your Older Dog Snores
Here are many reasons why they snore and why not to worry
We just settle into our comfortable bed and turn the lights out and are grateful at the peacefulness and quiet of the night after a long hard day. We have our faithful and loving companions sleeping quietly beside us on their beds or in our beds, and then just as we slowly drift off to never land, the earth shatters with a loud grunting, heaving, rumble! Our darling dog is snoring so loudly a train could have rumbled through the house!
Why do they snore? Old dogs are prone to snoring for a number of reasons. The following could play a role:
- If your older dog is on any medication for pain or congestion. These could potentially partially block their airwaves from relaxing the surrounding muscles.
- If your old dog is overweight this can push the upper airways closed. It is best to keep your dog’s weight under control for many reasons besides snoring.
- If you smoke, or someone you live with does, tobacco is a huge irritant to the respiratory system.
- Old dogs that have nasal congestion will snore. Any mucus clogging up the airways will lead to snoring.
- Brachycephalic breeds like Pekinese, Pugs and Boston Terriers will tend to get nasal infections and blocked airways and so almost always serenade you with their snoring.
As it is with people, if the old dog is lying on their back they will tend to snore. Roll them over onto their side and this will stop. Funny, how owners and their old dog will tend to behave in the same way! A thought to ponder over and possibly find the connection. Although I don’t think the owner’s arms and legs will be facing straight up into the air while on their backside!
So if your older dog snores and is keeping you awake, try a bed for them that they can curl up into. Sometimes that helps by preventing them from laying on their backs. I mention numerous tips on helping older dogs in my E-book, “The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs.”
Other possible solutions are walking them when pollen is less irritating. This can affect old dogs just like it can people with allergies. Pollution can be another irritant for them. Be aware of where and when you are walking them. You’d be surprised how modifying the slightest routine can have a profound difference.
Enjoy your older dog for as long as they are still with you. The day may come when you will love to hear the sound of them snoring because you know they are still breathing! Now that is worth thinking about!
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