Why Do Pets Snore?

August 9, 2009

in Cat Health

We all know that it is not unusual for pet owners to allow their pets to sleep with them at night. In fact, one third of pet owners have at some time, permitted their pets to sleep on their beds. Pets provide a companionship that can’t be given by any other breed of animal. However, this doesn’t mean to say that some people do not let their cats or another pets sleep with them too.

It is made easier too by pets having a sleep pattern which is rather much like our own. Pets often have complete trust in their owners, which makes them a lot more relaxed during the night. This goes a long way to explaining why most pets fall asleep easily and even enter into a deep sleep where REM sleep activities can occur. In deed, once a pet enters this phase, the owner often needs to call them several times before they can be roused from sleep completely.

Certainly, many of us have seen a pet paddling during sleep and barking while asleep too. These pets are said to be dreaming. Breathing patterns can also be observed among pets while they are asleep. For example, there are breeds which breathe heavily and there are breeds which breathe more lightly. The pets that are heavy breathers are much more likely to snore than those which do not breathe quite as heavily.

Often, pets that snore can be quite a nuisance during the night, depending on the degree and frequency of the phenomenon. Like with humans, there are various considerations why pets snore, although most deal with the obstruction of the passage of air in the windpipe, which in turn is caused by the collapse of certain areas along the throat. It is the same problem as with humans.

A pet that snores very loudly ought to be examined for different issues to evaluate which treatment could be best provided. Some pets are especially susceptible to some allergies that can cause constriction in the windpipe. It may also be that there is some excess tissue in the areas that are inhibiting proper breathing. It is best for a veterinarian to check out various factors through careful evaluation of the pet’s anatomical features and physical symptoms in general.

Maybe, your pet is overweight. As with humans, obese pets are more likely to snore during the night. This is because they have more flesh surrounding their throats. Therefore, they have excess tissue that hangs around the throat which can potentially cause the obstructions. Once this problem is corrected, the risk of snoring will be decreased. This would not only be healthy for your pets, you may eventually enjoy nights of restful sleep too.

Snoring also has something to do with the general facial features. Some pets seem to have pushed-in faces which narrows their air passages to a certain degree. The construction of their nasal passages also largely contributes to their difficulty in breathing. They are pretty much like humans with a cold, who are forced to breathe using only twenty-five percent of their nostril capacity. pet breeds with shorter faces need to expend lots of effort to breathe properly. It costs them more work to control breathing and they are also more prone to snoring.

Minor surgery can give your pet great relief. Be sure though that, before any decision is made, you are well educated about the potential risks and consequences of surgery to stop a pet snoring. Most procedures are irreversible, so careful thought must be given to any operation you allow. In fact, it is best to follow the recommendations offered by your veterinary doctor.

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