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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My name is ***** ***** My issue is I have notice that lately

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Hi my name is ***** ***** My issue is I have notice that lately my dog has been sleeping a lot and snoring very loudly at all times of the day
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Customer: My dog is a Shizuoka and she is 10 yrs old
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Somnolence (sleepiness) is a non-specific symptom that may indicate either a medical condition or simply a lazy dog. A 10 years of age I would expect your Shizuoka to slow down but her snoring may be a clue that an age-related medical problem has arisen. Snoring (stertor) indicates partial obstruction of an airway above the level of the larynx and is caused by vibrations of tissues of the nasopharynx, pharynx, or soft palate. It would be prudent to have her vet visually inspect your dog's upper airways for obstructive lesions (tumor, polyp) as well as laryngeal paralysis and overly relaxed or flabby tissues. Testing such a dog for hypothyroidism should be considered as well.

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