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Why does my dog snore?

Certain dog breeds will snore much more than other breeds, usually because of the type of snout, or nose of the dog.  Bull dogs and pugs have very distinct snouts that are pushed inward and make the nasal passages very narrow and crowded.  When the dog breathes through his narrow airway, the air moves much faster, and the surrounding tissue vibrates, causing what is often a very loud snore!  Some dogs snore louder than their human roommates.  What can you do about it?  While you can’t put a CPAP on your dog to help open his airway, the one thing that you may want to check out is the possibility of his having allergies. Many animals can have allergies which could in turn produce congestion, and a further narrowing of the nasal passages and more snoring. Check with your vet to see if your snoring pooch could have an allergy. And you may want to invest in a good pair of ear plugs.

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