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
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
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
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
If this is left untreated, the fungal disease can cause discomfort, loss of appetite, and serious health problems.
Genetics – brachycephalic dogs typically snore
Secondhand smoke irritates the nasal passages
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
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