It’s funny and cute when dogs get hiccups, isn’t it? It is even cuter when a puppy gets them!
But when it happened to my pup Rocky, I became curious and started thinking about this question. Why does my dog gets hiccups? I did some research and here’s what I found…
What is a hiccup?
In simple terms, a hiccup is an involuntary spasm of our breathing muscles. Like humans, a dog’s diaphragm contracts and relaxes within our chest cavity. When that action is less smooth than it should be, we call it a hiccup.
Why Does My Dog Gets Hiccups?
I don’t know about your dog, but Rocky will scarf up food and water like it’s his last day on earth! When a dog eats or drinks too fast, it may take in excess amounts of air. This can irritate the breathing muscles and cause those endearing little hiccups.
Rocky sometimes gets hiccups even when he is not consuming too fast. For example, he loves tennis balls way too much–he gets overly excited just by mentioning the word tennis ball. You can only imagine how crazy he gets when I take him to the park to chase tennis balls…he goes berserk! And then, sometimes he gets hiccups.
According to puppysimple.com, it is common for dogs to get hiccups if they get too excited or stressed out.
How to Stop hiccups In Your Dogs?
I found 4 simple ways that can help most hiccups in dogs:
- Spicy foods can be a hiccup culprit, so you may want to try altering your dog’s diet.
- Slowing down food and water intake can help too. Giving smaller amounts at a time is a way to accomplish that.
- If it is the excitement that brings on hiccups, try to calm your K9 down. Once relaxed, give a gentle massage to the abdominal muscles.
- Distract your dog. What works for Rocky: I hide on my kitchen countertop and then call his name. It’s funny to watch him try and figure out where I am too.
When to worry?
Usually, when dogs get hiccups, they will go away themselves within 30 minutes. If your dog gets hiccups for more than a couple of hours, I would think about taking him to the VET.
By taking your dog to the VET, you can find out if there is a more serious reason for the hiccups like inflammations, breathing problems, or other illnesses.
Based on my research, I’ve found that dogs mainly hiccup due to diet, speedy food intake, and getting overly excited. I am happy to have learned that there are quite a few easy ways to help stop those cute hiccups if they don’t stop on their own.
Before you get too worried about your adorable best friend, it might be a good idea to try out those hiccup remedies I listed first. Luckily for Rocky and me, he has never hiccuped for more than an hour and I’ve never needed to take him in for that.
I hope this short article has helped you out some and I really do wish you and your dog(s) the best!