Baby Hope Diamond has been a true blessing in my life, and thank dog! From the very first day I started fostering Baby I noticed one funny and also endearing trait about her, she snores. Whenever or wherever Baby sleeps, whether on my lap at the office, on the cool floor (it is summer in the city), or at night in her bed I can expect to hear her cute snores. But I questioned, is it normal and healthy for an animal to snore? I did some research and want to share my findings in case your pet also snores (and hopefully doesn’t keep you up all night)!
Some animals do snore, according to zookeepers and pet owners that have spent time observing animals in different environments; dogs, gorillas and bears are the biggest snorers. The reasons animals snore are the same reasons people snore. Most human beings (mammals) create snoring through their open mouth produced by vibration of the soft palate, the back part of the separation between the oral and nasal cavities. Anything that hinders breathing through the nose can create your pet to breathe loudly!
The following are reasons your pet might snore:
- Obesity in animals can contribute to a pet’s heavy breathing. It’s uber important that your pet stays in shape and at a normal weight for the breed and size. You can only benefit as well from a joint exercise routine like running or walking through the park. Always consult your vet first before starting any new workout regiment with your pet.
- Second hand smoke from cigarettes or cigars is not only damaging to humans, but also animals! If you must smoke do so outside and away from your pet! If you decide to quit – all the better for both of you.
- The breed of your pet might be the snoring culprit. Pugs, Pekinese and Boston Terriers are famous for their noisy breathing. Most flat faced dogs are prone.
- Animals have allergies, and a mucus build up from an allergic reaction can cause labored breathing in pets.
Pets should go to vet on a regular basis for checkups, at least once a year. If your pet is a snorer, ask your vet to check your animal’s throat and nose for any obstructions, and bring up the above-mentioned points! And if your pet is just a natural born snorer, all I can say is invest in some ear plugs!