If you’ve ever heard a pug snoring, you’d be surprised at how loud it was considering how tiny they are. Many dog owners who haven’t owned a pug before might wonder, ‘why does my pug snore?’ and is it normal. Don’t worry, it is normal that your pug snores as loudly as a human. However, you should still take your pug to a vet to ensure that he doesn’t have sleep apnea in which snoring is the most common and prominent symptom. Yet, it’s not unusual for this breed to snore given their history of breathing problems.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder which disrupts a pug’s or human’s sleep. Typically, a person or pug with sleep apnea may stop breathing for a few seconds up to a few minutes while they sleep. Like mentioned, snoring is the most common symptom of the disorder. While snoring is common in pugs, it is important to speak with a vet to ensure that your pug’s sleep apnea is treated. Typically, flat faced dog breeds, like pugs, are most prone to sleep apnea. Over time, the disrupted sleep can affect pugs. On a daily basis, a pug with disrupted sleep may be a bit moodier than usual.
Pug Snoring Causes
Another possible cause of pug snoring may be stenotic nares or an elogated palate. A stenotic nare is a genetic disorder which is generally caused by a malformation of the nose cartilage. In other words, it can be difficult for a pug to breathe through his nose as it’s almost as if his nostrils are pinched, which may be why pugs pant so often as breathing through their mouth is much easier for them. As pugs have short snouts, they’re at high risk for developing either or both disorders. Keep in mind, that while you’re walking your pug, they can become tired very easily as they have a more difficult time breathing than you do so be patient with your pug. Humidity can be very difficult on a pug’s body as it makes it even more difficult to breathe so don’t be surprised if they don’t want to go for a long walk in the summer. A pug having an elogated soft palate is a serious issue. Pug owners have had their pugs die due to this disorder. It’s important to have your pug treated by a vet immediately when you notice changes in their snoring or breathing habits.
While you might think your pug’s snoring is cute enough to record an Instagram video of, it can cause you, the pug owner, some problems with your own sleep. If your pug is accustomed to sleeping in your room or even your bed, you may find it difficult to fall asleep at night if your pug is snoring. You may also wake up in the middle of the night if your pug’s snoring disrupts your sleep. Sure you can have your pug sleep in another room. However, it is possible for it to get so loud that you can hear your pug’s snoring even when they sleep in a different room. If the snoring disrupts your sleep, gently say your pug’s name repeatedly until he wakes up so as not to wake up your partner. Violently shaking your pug awake can cause your pug to accidentally attack or bite you because you’ve abruptly woken them up. If you find that over time, your pug’s snoring gets louder, you’ll want to bring him into the vet for a check-up, and maybe invest in some ear plugs while you’re at it.
Pug Snoring Health Risks
Ignoring your pug’s snoring can be damaging or even fatal for your pug. Just as sleep is extremely important for humans, it’s also important for dogs. Ignoring your pug’s snoring on a long term basis can cause other illnesses such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes and strokes. If you notice that your pug is becoming obese and his snoring is becoming more noticeable, be sure to work on lowering your pug’s weight through exercise and diet control while also making an appointment with a vet. If your pug has a seizure, he will require immediate medical attention.
Is there any cure for pug snoring?
While it doesn’t work for everyone, some have found that their pug stopped snoring after it had nasal surgery. The nose surgery opens the pug’s nose more so that it can breathe better. Essentially, a vet will make a tiny cut in the pug’s nostrils to make breathing a bit easier. Keep in mind, while this may excite you as its an easy solution, it does require the dog be put under anaesthesia which is extremely dangerous. Just as anaesthesia can be fatal for humans, it can also be fatal for dogs. So be sure to do some thorough research in finding the right person to perform the surgery on your pug since he’s likely more than just a pet to you. While the surgery does help improve a pug’s breathing, it doesn’t guarantee that the snoring will stop but it does make it more likely that it will. While this isn’t a cure, turning a fan on in a pug’s sleeping quarters can make breathing a tiny bit more manageable especially during a hot summer day. It won’t stop the snoring but it will be a bit easier on the pug as humidity and pugs don’t go well together as they’re most susceptible to heat stroke. Ensuring that your pug gets enough physical exercise and eats a healthy and portion controlled diet can also help improve their breathing and may potentially reduce the volume of their snoring. Don’t smoke around your pug as breathing can be very challenging from them as it is, not even on your outdoor walks with them.
As a pug owner, you have the responsibility to ensure that the pug snoring is noted at your next vet appointment. You are also responsible for helping your pug stay healthy as you are their main caregiver. Despite how cute your pug’s snoring may be to you, it can be very uncomfortable and even fatal for your pug. Be attentive of any changes in your pug’s snoring or breathing and report it to a vet immediately to ensure that your pug lives a long, happy and healthy life.