Help your Dog Get Rid of Hiccups

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: October 3, 2016
Help your Dog Get Rid of Hiccups

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There are many people who have contacted us saying "my dog has hiccups, what can I do?"

A sudden attack of hiccuping in a dog can be quite surprising, and it often scares the owners if they're unsure what action to take. Hiccups in dogs are caused by the same reasons they occur in people; they come from involuntary contractions of the diaphragm and can be identified by short sounds like "hip-hip".

AnimalWised is the right place to come if you are wondering how to help your dog get rid of hiccups.In principle, it is not something that should worry you, but certain precautions must be taken if the problem persists.

You may also be interested in: How to Get Rid of Cat Hiccups

Hiccuping in puppies

Like babies, puppies are more prone to hiccuping because they have smaller stomachs and will get full much more quickly when they eat.

As puppies are more vulnerable it is understandable that the whole house might worry if there is an attack of hiccuping. If the problem is prolonged or happens constantly, the best idea is to go to the vet. Whether this requires further treatment or only provides peace of mind, it is better than worrying.

Dog breeds more likely to incur in this problem as puppies include Golden retrievers, Chihuahuas and Pinschers.

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Common causes of hiccups in adult dogs

If your dog's hiccuping is persistent or you do not know why it happens, then a review of the most common causes of hiccups can be useful. It will then be easier to prevent hiccups in the future without visiting the vet:

  • Eating too fast is the main cause of hiccups in dogs, but the consequences do not end there. If your dog continues this habit it may have more serious consequences in the future such as bloating or even gastric torsion.
  • Cold temperatures are another factor which can cause hiccuping. This is the case for chihuahuas, as their small size means they tend to get cold more easily.
  • Another cause that can cause the onset of hiccups is an illness. For these cases, the most important thing is to go to the vet and either rule out a serious condition or begin treatment.
  • Finally, factors such as fear and stress in dogs can also trigger hiccuping.
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How to get rid of hiccups

You cannot solve a problem like hiccups without identifying the underlying causes. After reading the previous paragraph you can have a clearer idea of the problem and this is when you should act:

  • If your dog eats too fast, you should modify their food intake. Instead of offering all the food in one go, divide it into two or even three portions to help digestion. Avoid strenuous exercise, including shortly before and after eating.
  • If you think hiccups are a consequence of cold, it could be a good idea to get some clothes for your pooch and make sure they have a comfortable and warm bed. A thermal bed will help maintain a stable temperature, but a great source of heat is yourself, which is why many owners let their dogs share their bed.
  • For cases where there is doubt about the cause of hiccups or if they recur consistently, it is best to go to the vet and rule out any illnesses.
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This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.

If you want to read similar articles to Help your Dog Get Rid of Hiccups, we recommend you visit our Other health problems category.

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