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Why Does My Puppy Get Hiccups?

Why Does My Puppy Get Hiccups?

Puppies can get hiccups. Hiccups are common for young pups, and they're not a cause for concern.

Hiccups happen when the diaphragm, the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen, spasms and pushes air into the windpipe causing a seal that allows air to flow in and out without restriction.

These spasms cause their stomach to contract and push air up into the esophagus, which creates the “hic” sound. The fact that puppies get hiccups is just one of those puppy facts.

There are many other reasons why your puppy may be making those unearthly noises. If your puppy has hiccups, there are some things you can do to help them feel better.

Here are some tips for what you can do when your puppy gets hiccups.

  • Section 1: Why does my puppy get hiccups?
  • Section 2: What causes hiccups in puppies?
  • Section 3: What if puppy hiccups don't go away?
  • Section 4: How can I help my puppy feel better with hiccups?
  • Section 5: Conclusion

Why does my puppy get hiccups?


Puppies get hiccups to release air that's trapped in their chests as they grow. When that happens, the diaphragm can spasm or collapse and force air into the windpipe, creating a seal that allows air to flow in and out without restriction.


It's not uncommon for pups to get hiccups when they're growing, especially around the fifth to eighth week of life.

This is when the dog's organs are developing and changing, and many adult dogs don't hiccup as much as the puppies do during this period.

In addition, it's common for a pup to have hiccups during naps or when they're lying on their backs (that's when the most hiccups occur) because there is less muscle tension.


If your puppy gets hiccups often and they've been hiccupping for more than 24 hours, you should consult your veterinarian.


What causes hiccups in puppies?


In young dogs, hiccups are fairly common. There are lots of theories as to why.

One of the most common theories is that hiccups are a form of energy in the lungs (the body's means of energy control).

Hiccups may be an urge to expel energy in the lungs in order to expel food or water. Hiccups occur at about the same time and place as eating and drinking.

Once your pup is finished eating, you may notice that they cough a lot. That's a hiccup.


Puppies can also have muscle spasms in the diaphragm. That's what causes the flailing arms and legs while they have hiccups. Other reasons your puppy may have hiccups include:


Digestive tract-related hiccups, which are a result of the pup trying to vomit food into the small intestine.


Vomiting, which is the pup trying to expel air from the lungs.


What if puppy hiccups don't go away?


If your puppy gets hiccups over a longer period of time than usual, see if your vet can prescribe medication to relax the diaphragm.


How can I help my puppy feel better with hiccups?


Hiccups are an involuntary reflex that can be triggered by sudden changes in your body's environment. It might be difficult to make your dog feel better with hiccups, but here are some recommendations you can try to help out.


1. One way to help your pup is by rubbing his belly in a circular motion. This is known as the “hiccup burp” and can often help dislodge the air causing the spasms which lead to hiccups.


2. Another recommendation is feeding him a small meal of canned pumpkin mixed with water or another fluid that helps break up food into smaller pieces that are more easily digested.




As with any topic, there are many different ways to approach hiccups. A common view is to try and prevent them, but that's not always possible, or necessary. So how do you deal with hiccups in dogs?


Take a break every time your puppy has a hiccup. Hiccups don't last long, so it's better to prevent them rather than treat them. Every time your puppy hiccups, it will be less likely to do so again.


Your puppy is likely to do better if he's not active. Give him a bath, or take him to the vet and have him checked out.


If your puppy is older than 3 months, there's less risk of hiccups. They usually only happen after a long period of rest and recovery.


Remember, the best hiccups remedy is a bath.


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