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Does Your Labrador Snore In His Sleep? Is Snoring A Cause For Concern?

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Have you ever wondered why dogs snore? Should you be concerned if your dog starts snoring?

Watching your Labrador sleep can sometimes, if not always, give you warm feelings. Dogs are called furry angels for a reason – they sleep like angels! While their slumber may seem cute and peaceful, some dogs cannot help but blurt out snorts. Hearing your dog snore may be cute and funny, but it should not be taken lightly – especially if it’s something new.

An array of health issues can underlie snoring and some indicate serious causes.

 

Foreign objects in the canine nasal passage

Does Your Labrador Snore In His Sleep (6)Your dog’s snoring may be because of an obstruction. Rolling on grass, digging in the dirt, even drinking water and eating can introduce foreign objects into your dog’s nasal passage. All of these may result in snoring. If your dog has a cold, the extra mucus may also cause snoring.

Generally, snoring caused by nasal obstructions is temporary and should stop when the passage is cleared.

 

Dental problems can induce dog snoring

Does Your Labrador Snore In His Sleep (8)If your dog has bad teeth, this can lead to tooth abscesses which may go right through to the nasal passages.

If your dog’s dental problem are ignored, it can be a source of infection that compromises your dog’s whole body. Infections can be a host for problems far more serious than snoring.

 

 

Flab and extra pounds lead to canine snoring

Does Your Labrador Snore In His Sleep (4)Is your Labrador Retriever a little overweight?If yes, this could be the reason behind the snores. Excess tissue in the throat can cause obstruction and block the airways. As your dog breathes, obesity makes the trachea rings slam shut.

 

Fungi disease can result in snoring

Does Your Labrador Snore In His Sleep (2)Another possible reason why your dog snores could be a fungus – such as mold found in hay, grass clippings, and similar environments.

If this is left untreated, the fungal disease can cause discomfort, loss of appetite, and serious health problems.

 

Genetics – brachycephalic dogs typically snore

Does Your Labrador Snore In His Sleep - GeneticsBrachycephalic dogs such as English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Shih Tzus, and Pekingese are prone to snoring because of their short noses.

Some dog breeds like the Pug or Boston Terrier may actually need surgery to open up their nasal passages because they are almost completely shut.

 

Secondhand smoke irritates the nasal passages

Does Your Labrador Snore In His Sleep (7)Is your Labrador inhaling secondhand smoke? Smoke can irritate both dogs and humans’ nasal passages, making it difficult to breath.

If you are a smoker, smoke away from your dog. Quitting is the best option and will make you and your pooch far healthier. You don’t want to experience what a grandmother has gone through when she found out that her secondhand smoke may be the reason for her dog’s lung cancer.

 

How to help your snoring Labrador

Does Your Labrador Snore In His Sleep (1)To help your Labbie sleep easily, give him or her a pillow to elevate the head.

A round bed will also encourage a different sleeping positions. When a dog sleeps in a curled up position it allows the air passages to expand.

Putting a humidifier in your home can also help increase the moisture in the air. This will keep your dog’s nasal passages from getting dry.

To identify what’s causing your dog’s nightly noise, it is best to consult your vet so proper treatment may be given.

 

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Article source: Consumer Affairs