by April devost
My Jack Russell Terrier is 15 and now snores when he is awake.I know he is old but how serious is this? I can't have my baby suffer.
Veterinarian Suggestion on Dog Snoring
Snoring, particularly when a dog is awake, can be a sign of a serious problem. In older dogs, I worry most about cancer and neurologic problems. Without a diagnosis, your dog’s condition could worsen to the point where he is not able to take in the amount of air that he needs, which is truly a terrifying sensation.
Your best option is to make an appointment with your veterinarian. He or she can give you a lot of information simply by determining whether air is flowing from both nostrils normally and by examining your dog’s mouth, pharynx, and throat. Do not let concerns that your veterinarian might give you bad news stop you from scheduling an exam. You need information to care for your dog in the best manner possible, and remember, the vet might give you good news too!
Best of luck,
Jennifer Coates, DVM