Why does my shih tzu make these snorting sounds?

we have a 2 year old(best guess, we rescued him) shih tzu and i noticed whenever he gets excited or feels content(like sometimes when i play with him and he gets super into him he makes this "pig noises" and when he was beign brushed today, he was making them and he seemed to find it relaxing.)
My best guess is a breed characteristic as he has a smashed- in nose like other shih tzus. there are no health problems with him.

Because they have short snouts.

Btw, Zoo Tycoon is awesome.

5 Responses to “Why does my shih tzu make these snorting sounds?”

  1. Sebastian says:

    Because they have short snouts.

    Btw, Zoo Tycoon is awesome.
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  2. Makayla says:

    I have a shitzhu who Just turned a year old, and he does the same thing at random moments, I’m guessing its the pushed in face because my neighbors shitzhu does the same thing. Hope it helped(:
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  3. michaelvanderstad says:

    I don’t know
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  4. UHave2BeKiddingMe-Clueing in the Clueless says:

    It could either be reverse sneezing or it could be a collapsing trachea.

    You have no idea if this dog has health problems since you apparently have not taken it to the
    vet for an exam.
    —————-
    Chihuahuas , Pomeranians, Shih Tzu’s, Lhasa Apso’s, Toy poodles, and Yorkshire terriers are often affected with tracheal collapse. Because of that, we suspect a genetic factor is involved. It is important to note that tracheal collapse can occur in all dogs, regardless of size or breed.

    What are the clinical signs?

    The most common clinical sign is a persistent, dry, harsh cough. It is sometimes described as a “goose honk" cough. The cough may worsen at night, with excitement, pressure on the trachea (from a leash), in hot or humid weather, or immediately after eating or drinking.

    How is a collapsed trachea diagnosed?

    During a physical exam, very light pressure placed on the trachea resulting in coughing or difficulty breathing can raise a suspicion of collapsed trachea. Other test s such as radiography (x-rays) or use of an endoscope / bronchoscope are needed to confirm the diagnosis.

    How is collapsed trachea treated?

    Collapsed trachea can be treated medically, surgically, or by a combination of the two. Your veterinarian will discuss the various treatment options. Even with good control, most dogs will continue to experience at least some coughing throughout its life.

    What can I do to help the dog?

    Weight reduction is important to reduce the severity of collapsing trachea. Prevent over-excitement and use a harness rather than a collar. Your veterinarian will provide specific treatment instructions to help with your dog’s condition.
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  5. Lacey UD, RE says:

    Your dog could have Brachycephalic syndrome which is common in many short nosed breeds. When they get excited their airway cannot support the excited breathing which is why why you hear all the gagging, choking, snorting noises. Surgery can help alleviate some of the symptoms and help the dog breathe easier.
    References :
    http://www.acvs.org/AnimalOwners/HealthConditions/SmallAnimalTopics/BrachycephalicSyndrome/
    http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_brachycephalic.html

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