Snoring, wheezing, and other breathing problems

3 a.m. and still awake - Laying down after an early morning romp outside in the snow and cold of a Minnesotan November morning.
@webeishere (36377)
United States
November 12, 2008 11:20am CST
This discussion was inspired by another members discussion about people talking in their sleep etc. My beagle, Buster, seems to have a breathing disorder or problem. He wheezes, snores, grunts, and hacks while sleeping. It doers not seem to annoy or pester him as he does sleep well otherwise. But when watching a movie etc it bothers me & I will wake him telling him, "Buster you're snoring too loud." Something along those lines. When he is awake his breathing etc is fine. Does your pet do this at all? Is it a normal thing for dogs to do or a beagle trait at all? Is there something I can do naturally to ease his breathing at nights etc? I can not afford a vet visit etc so that's out of the question. Any and all help/advice will be greatly appreciated. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@carmelanirel (21113)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I can't remember how old Buster is, but when my dalmatian was getting up there in age, she also started snoring and making funny sounds in her sleep..(Plus she would run like she was chasing rabbits, but she also did that as a pup) I don't know if it is age related if there is really anything to do about it, like you, we can't afford vet bills other than the absolute necessary shots..
@webeishere (36377)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Buster is around 10 years old I believe. So it could be old age then? Maybe that's why I snore so much and so loudly as well? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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• United States
12 Nov 08
It could be his age, but really, I don't know, I am saying that because that is when my dog started snoring badly..Unfortunately, if you really want to know, only your vet can tell you..
@winterose (39916)
• Canada
12 Nov 08
I had that problem with one of my cats as she was very fat, but she was the only one, now she is gone though. I have a 5 year old cat and a little kitten now.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Do they snore or wheeze then? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@winterose (39916)
• Canada
13 Nov 08
not really just the kitten purrs like a diesel engine
@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
13 Nov 08
hey w, I'm not experts but from my experience a lot of dogs snore & if he seems to be healthy otherwise I wouldn't worry. I dunno maybe dogs can get sleep apnea (I know I misspelled that lol) try googling that HTH |:)
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Somone else here mentioned sleep apnea as well. Hmmm? Makes me wonder and worry a little at times. Thanks. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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• United States
12 Nov 08
Where does your dog sleep? I have a dog and when she sleeps near the vent she snores. But, when she is just on the floor she doesn't. Maybe, your dog has allergies or is sleeping next to a vent where the air is blowing allergies and dust up his nose. I know you can't afford a vet, but maybe you could just call one and explain the problem and they might tell you or see your dog for free. I had one vet that let me pay $5.00 a month just to help my dog. So, it does not hurt to ask. Good luck!
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
12 Nov 08
He us no where near a heat vent. He sleeps in his kennel in the dinig room away from heat most times. Sometimes on his pillow about 15 feet from the heat vent. So it's isn't the heat blowing on him I think. Thanks also. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
• Canada
12 Nov 08
I'm not sure if someone has mentioned this or not, but does your dog have asthma? I have a 4 year old tabby cat named Bear and we just had her diagnosed with asthma. She has these wheezing/sneezing/coughing fits (sometimes it seems like she is about to cough up a fur-ball, but nothing comes out but flem) and her breathing is very laboured when she sleeps, and for the longest time we weren't sure what was wrong with her. Then I asked my vet if it was because she's so fat and he said that it was probably some sort of allergy. Now, most vets will tell you to bring your animal in and let them run a battery of tests on them so that they can rule out everything BUT allergies/asthma, but mine told me to just keep an eye on her and to write down what I thought caused it when she would have a "fit". I noticed when she would come out of the litterbox (dusty) that she would sneeze, and also when she slept under the couch (which doesn't get vacuumed everyday like the rest of the floor). Well, I switched to dust-free litter and now have to vacuum THE ENTIRE carpet everyday, but it works. The vet said that dust and cat fur are her "triggers" and as long as they are kept down to a minimum that she wouldn't need medicine and she'd be fine. Or, if that's not it, I have another cat that has a heart condition (murmur) and that causes some laboured breathing (but only periodically) as well. Get a stethescope and give a listen to your dogs heart and lungs, if you hear anything funny take him to the vet. Hope that helps Grandpa Bob!
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Thank you very much for this usefull information. I do tend to lay my head on his chest to listen to his heart as he wheezes etc. All seems normal there though. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@shell94 (990)
• Canada
12 Nov 08
I think that alot of this is normal in a pet just like it is in humans. They have the same basic anatomical makeup as we do so why would there sleep habits vary a whole lot from those we ourselves have? If he stops breathing throughout the nite...like an apnea type thing than you may want to have him looked over by a vet. Other than that if he is in otherwise good health I would leave well enough alone and perhaps pick up some earplugs if this bothers your sleep at all!!! lol
@webeishere (36377)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I havew seen him jerk suddenly during one of his wheezes. But it wasnt like his heart stopped though. Scary if it does happen though. Buster is like a son now or a best friend actually. A part of the family. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@minx267 (5223)
• Hartford, Connecticut
12 Nov 08
Oreo. beagleX that snores - my roommates beagle- snores when he sleeps
my roommates beagle mix does the same thing- he is REALLY loud. maybe it is a beagle thing. although he is getting older. but iI think he has done this for quite a while.
@webeishere (36377)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Buster is about 10 years old or so. Maybe it is age? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Both of my dogs are snoring aloud. I don't think i is related to breathing problems. My older dog is snoring louder than humans. She is also making funny noise when sleeping. Sometimes looks like she is running, because her legs are moving. My younger dog is snoring only with accompanying, because she mimics the older dog a lot... BTW, my dogs are mixed with beagle....
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
12 Nov 08
The shaking etc is the dog dreaming I think. Buster does that and sometimes it seems he'd fly away if his kegs touched the carpet he moves so fast. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@Grandmaof2 (7605)
• Canada
12 Nov 08
I would be tempted to put a vaporizer running at night up out of the way of course so Buster doesn't knock it over but close by where he sleeps. Could it be the air is too dry?? I really don't have any other bright ideas. A vet visit is pretty costly.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
12 Nov 08
eahcome to think of it AI am always telling the wife we need a humidifier in the winter months as the house gets very dry. I want a large one not a small gallon sized one. The large ones run into the hundreds of dollars though. Thanks also. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Hey grandpa bob! I had a cat that would do that! He would make all the same crazy noises when he slept. I would just look at him and wonder what his problem was. I thought maybe he was having a bad dream or something. He would twitch and move around. I would wake him up too and he would look at me and wonder what I was bothering him for. Maybe you could put some of those breathe right strips on his nose to stop him from snoring! They didn't have them when I had Cougar or I would have tried them! It couldn't hurt?
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@Zawisza (63)
• United States
13 Nov 08
My dog is a regular mutt, and she's almost 13 years old, and she's had the same problem for the past few years. Well, not a problem for her, but a problem for us at some times, heheh... We talked to her vet, but he said that sometimes dogs get like that, just like people they can have problems with snoring and heavy breathing. I guess, as long as it doesn't bother them when they're awake and active, it's all right.
• United States
13 Nov 08
My pet actually does do that! He actually vibrates the floor that he does it. He is an English Mastiff though which is normal for his breed. I do not know if that is normal for a Beagle though. The one beagle my husband had snored at times, but not really loud. Maybe you need to check with your vet to make sure its nothing serious.
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@lingli_78 (12860)
• Australia
12 Nov 08
i don't have any dog at the moment... but my dog that i used to have in the past snores as well even though it is not that loud... she is a pomenarian and i never bother to find out why she snores because it doesn't really bother me... but it will be very interesting to find out why dog snores and the remedy to cure it... i will be reading other people's responses to find out in case i have a snoring dog again in the future... take care and have a nice day...
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@jillhill (37358)
• United States
12 Nov 08
My son's pug does the same thing.....snores.grunts and wheezes.....I don't know why she did that....my Reggie had asmtha...so I had to watch where I took him on walks....or he would have an attack.
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@cher913 (25900)
• Canada
12 Nov 08
hm, i dunno gb. i can tell you about me though. i have huge breathing/smelling issues. my nose is perma stuffy and i should be using a machine to help me breath at night but i cant because of my nose. from what i understand, as humans and animals age, their nose gets more clogged - you didnt mention how old he was...
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@camomom (7537)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I think it's probably a beagle trait. My father had a beagle when I was a kid and he did the same thing. Different breeds have different afflictions. I think he's probably not in need of a vet. I'd try to ignore the annoyance of it and let him be happy in his snoredom.
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12 Nov 08
Hi GRANDPA BOB, I don't know mush about dogs but my husband do that all the time and I get sleepless nights, have have two cats and they don't do that, maybe you could find out on the net about these gogs. Tamara
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Sometimes my cat wheezes and snores while sleeping. My daughter's boxer at times will snore real loud and sounds like a human. My dog don't snore but at times he will wake up and stand up and will be snorting and gasping. I want to get his on video to show the vet but haven't gotten it yet. He does have allergies and this just happens certain times so I assume it is something to do with allergies but until I get it on video and let the vet see I won't know. I would think that Buster is ok and just having a good sleep.
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• United States
24 Nov 08
I do not know if it has to do with the beegle breed but my new baby, a rat terrier also makes noises when she sleeps. She has a long snout so I do not know why she would snore. I think Buster needs a sleep study and maybe a breathing machine heehee.
• United States
17 Nov 08
When my yorkshire terrier was alive she would snore in her sleep. Sometimes she would snore so loud it sounded like a human snoring. I guess she was just in a good and deep sleep. I'm not sure if it's a beagle's trait to snore or not. I don't really know that much about different types of dogs. Not really sure what you can do either. I would just kinda nudge mine if she got too loud when she was snoring and she would kinda move over and go back to sleep and wouldn't snore quite as bad and sometimes she wouldn't snore anymore after I had woken her up.