How To Help Your Pet To Stop Snoring

How To Help Your Pet To Stop Snoring

A large percentage of the world’s population is snorers, and if that's too big of a figure, then you should know that around 90 million Americans are habitual of snoring.

But they don't snore alone and may pets have such a habit as well.

Why Do Our Pets Snore?

The truth is that many breeds of animals can snore and common domestic pets such as cats and dogs are on the list too.

English Bulldog Sleeping

The reason why pets snore is somewhat similar to humans because they too can suffer from nasal congestion which results in strange and abrupt noises while sleeping.

On the other hand, unlike humans, our pets come in different breeds which all have various physical features. 

Just like short-legged pets find it difficult to walk, certain flat-faced breeds are likely to snore since their low noises cause this air passages to be restricted while they sleep, resulting in them snoring. The same can happen with some short-headed breeds such as Boston terriers, English bulldogs, Persians and Shih-Tzus who are commonly known for their habit of snoring. 

How To Stop Your Pets From Snoring

Stopping your pets from snoring is no trick that you can condition them to learn through a Pavlov method. The method must be gentle, and whatever you use, it requires patience on the owner's end.

Cats

Your feline friends are less likely to crack up a snore than other pets, but when they do, you should always make sure to get them thoroughly check to know whether the cause of snoring is something to be worried about or nothing serious. Before worrying about how to stop a cat from snoring, it's important to figure out why they're doing it.

Consult A Specialist

If your pet starts snoring out of the blue, your first reaction should be a concern, and it is best that you take them to a vet rather than take matters into your own hands. An expert in the health of domestic animals will be able to tell if it’s just a result of the occasional snooze or a severe condition that requires treatment. 

Give Them Medication

Once the vet confirms that there is, in fact, no serious reason behind your cat snoring, you can now consult them about any medication that you can give to stop them from snoring.

Even though you may not have a problem with the soft sound of their snoring, it can help your cat breathe better while he or she sleeps. Remember to follow directions carefully and refrain from giving multiple doses.

Exercise For Your Cat

Just like in humans, cats can also begin to snore when they put on excess weight. Cats are more likely to gain weight than other pets because of their love for cushy places and sleeping compared to dogs that are more energetic and playful.

Cat Playing With Ball

You can implement various methods to help your cat put off those pounds! Start off by feeding them a different food that has less fat content and unique formula for a healthy weight.

If that works out, begin incorporating regular exercises into his or her routine to help your cat lose weight and eventually stop snoring. Take them for walks and play catching or chasing games that they can enjoy.

Dogs

Dogs are well known for being snoring pets, but many canine owners become accustomed to this habit. However, if they're snoring while still young, then you may want to implement some remedies to get them to stop.

Consult A Vet

Repeat the same steps as with cats to ensure that the underlying problem isn't anything serious. Aside from that, the vet will also be able to tell if your dog needs to put off some weight to help him stop snoring. If your pet is overweight, then feed it less and make it exercise more.

Medication For Allergy

Aside from dry nasal passages, your dog may genuinely be affected by the presence of allergens in the home. If that's the case, then you can ask the vet for any medication that can help reduce the symptoms that your dog experiences as a result of coming in contact with allergens. 

Humidifier

This appliance is well-known for stopping humans from snoring, but a little-known fact is that it can do the same with dogs as well. A humidifier will prevent dry air from eradicating the moisture in their nasal passages which lead to snoring.

New Bed Or Pillow

In the case that your dog begins to snore while in a different sleeping position, it means that it’s time for a new bed. You can invest in a high-quality round bed or a pillow that keeps his head up and prevents him from snoring.

Causes

Let's take a look at most common reasons on what causing your pet to snore.

Age

The age of a pet is a common factor that causes them to snore, and you may have noticed this in your senior pets. That has more to do with the fact that they become less active and begins to gain weight so make sure to keep them fit and healthy while they're young.

Labrador Retriever Sleeping

Sleeping Position

The way that your cat or dog positions their head can have an impact on whether they snore or not. While sleeping, they may position their head or neck in a way that restricts their nasal passages and causes them to make strange noises when they are asleep. 

The Size Of Their Nostrils

Cats and dogs that are bred to have flatter faces have smaller nostrils as a result. That results in Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome which obstructs the airways. Stuffy noses are problematic for your pets because they make a cat's already small nostril even smaller while in dogs they move inwards whenever they inhale.

Conclusion

That sums up the reasons why your pets are snoring, and what you can do to help them stop so they can sleep better. Remember to take precautionary measures in case that the vet diagnoses your pet with an illness so that you can prevent the problem from worsening.

Resources:
PetMD
WikiHow

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