Hickey | Why is my dog hiccups?
What is hiccups in dogs?
Dog hiccups occur in the same way as human hiccups. Small stimuli cause small diaphragmatic contractions, causing slight movements in the vocal cord-glottis opening. When the glottis closes suddenly, it makes a quick “hic” sound. Hiccups usually occur during inhalation but can occur during exhalation.
Why is my dog hiccups?
Scientists don’t know exactly what causes hiccups. Fetal hiccups have been documented and are thought to be a way for the fetus to test its breathing muscles.
Dog and hiccups puppy Usually noticed after dogs eat or drink too quickly. Other reasons include swallowing too much air when the dog is over-excited, stressed, anxious, or even from over-playing. This causes the diaphragm to become irritated leading to hiccups. Another theory is that dog hiccups are a way for puppies to release gas or soothe an upset stomach. Dogs can also get a hiccup-like response while general anesthesia.
How to get rid of hiccups in dogs?
There are a lot of theories about how to make hiccups stop, but the truth is there is no special formula to get rid of dog hiccups — aka human hiccups!
The best way to get rid of your dog’s hiccups is to help your dog change the way he breathes. You can do this by encouraging him to take a light walk with you or drink some room temperature water. You can even try gently rubbing his belly, chest, or throat.
If you notice your dog hiccups after eating or drinking too quickly, slow him down by using one Dog eats slowly. Feeding your dog smaller, more frequent meals can also help slow them down.
Is dog hiccups a concern?
Dog hiccups are quite common and usually nothing to worry about. They usually last from a few seconds to several hours. While dog hiccups are not usually harmful to your dog, there are situations where a dog’s hiccups can be a sign of an underlying health problem.
Symptoms of hiccups in dogs need attention
If you notice your dog is agitated by hiccups, or you see any of the following symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.
- Hiccups that last more than a few hours
- Do not drink
- Excessive drooling
- The dog seems to be in pain
- Shortness of breath
- Hiccups turn into wheezing sounds
Dog hiccups and potential health problems
Hiccups, along with the symptoms above, could be a sign of a more serious medical problem:
Dog hiccups are rarely caused by these illnesses, but it’s helpful to be aware of them — just in case. A pet parent is reported to be a dog’s best friend.