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09 December 2010 @ 02:27 pm
Hi Everyone -

I have a question to those in dry, cold environments!

So this is our second full winter here in MN! As it's gotten colder, I've noticed that Bella's snoring more at night.....she's loud enough to wake me up! We have a humidifier going constantly, but I'm not sure if it's enough (not from the midwest, not enough previous experience to know what's normal or not, etc...)

Is this normal? Does anyone else's pup do this when the winter rolls around? Should I get another humidifier? Or, is it abnormal and I should take her to see the vet?

I appreciate your feedback and tolerance for my cluelessness!
thought_bubbls: Pickles & Lola!thought_bubbls on December 9th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
I live in the Chicago area and both of my Bostons snore like crazy. We use a humidifier also. I don't think its abnormal for Bostons to snore though. If it gets anoying I usually just call out my dogs name and she shifts positions and the snoring stops.
Joannamiss_upsetter on December 9th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
I know it's normal, but it's gotten very LOUD in the past three weeks or so. Her skin also got very dry and flaky (that's now resolved). I'm concerned that her nasal cavity is dry, and unfortunately, I can't give her saline mist...that wouldn't pretty :)
thought_bubbls: Pickles & Lola!thought_bubbls on December 10th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
Oh, okay because you were asking if it was normal so I was just answering your question. I don't think you need a saline mist probably just wiggle her a little while she's sleeping to change her position. Actually, I agree with everything astridlynn is saying.
Joannamiss_upsetter on December 10th, 2010 06:46 am (UTC)
just an FYI, i was joking about the saline mist!
Jenn: So Sadastridlynn on December 10th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
Don't think the louder snoring would be from the drier air. Bostons snore a lot in the first place, try repositioning her head to open up her airway more or waking her up a bit. If it's really severe, have the vet look at her and see if she's a good canidate for stenotic nares correction. Since Bostons have the smushed face, they tend to have stenotic nares (small nasal passages). They can surgery correct this by cutting away part of the tissue. It helps with the snoring and hopefully prevents breathing problems in the future as they get older.
Joannamiss_upsetter on December 10th, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
to be honest, I thought it was the drier air since it's been a noticeable difference within the last few weeks. Yes, she snorfled a lot before, but the loud snoring is a new thing. The weather has gone from the 40's to the teens in the last few weeks...we've had a lot of snow and whatnot. It hasn't been an on-again-off-again thing, this is brand new....

I'll try repositioning her head, and we are in the market for a better humidifier....if that doesn't work, it's to the vet we go!

Thanks for your feedback! ;)