Can Dogs Get Hiccups? What to Do If They Happen
Many would say we have a lot in common with our furry sidekicks—from our similar social tendencies to the ways we enjoy the simple pleasures in life. We are so connected, it’s easy to see how well dogs can understand humans! People and pups even seem to share one of the more frustrating experiences—the hiccups.
So, can dogs get the hiccups? Yes! Dogs can indeed get the hiccups…and there is something you can do about it!
But First, What Causes Dog Hiccups?
Hiccups are repeated spasms or sudden movements of the diaphragm. A few causes include:
- Eating too fast
- Drinking water too quickly
- Feeling excited, stressed, or anxious
- Inhaling an irritant, like dirt, dust, or pollen
- Experiencing a sudden change in air temperature
Why Do Puppies Get Hiccups So Often?
Not only can dogs get hiccups, but puppies can, too! The reason it’s common in puppies is because they haven’t figured out the proper pace to eat or drink. If you want to reduce the chances of hiccups, give your pup small amounts of food at a time and limit their water intake. Try using a slow feeder dog bowl to help during mealtimes and a smaller water bowl that you fill more frequently throughout the day!
Just because your puppy has hiccups doesn't mean you can't reward them with a delicious treat! Opt for a long-lasting chew treat that will slow down their pace and take more time to finish!
How Do You Get Rid of Dog Hiccups?
Like human hiccups, your dog’s hiccups will eventually go away on their own. If you want to be proactive, try to calm your pup down or distract them from what’s causing their hiccups so that they can gain better control of their breathing. You can try giving belly rubs or even offering them their favorite chew toy for comfort.
While humans have come up with an assortment of age-old “cures” for hiccups—such as trying to scare or startle away the hiccups—it’s best to avoid any of those remedies with your pup.
Should I Take My Dog to the Vet for Hiccups?
Although dogs can usually get hiccups and feel fine shortly afterward, there are still a few signs and symptoms to look out for during an episode. These include wheezing, irregular breathing, or difficulty breathing. If your pooch’s hiccups last more than a few hours, reach out to your veterinarian for advice.
Take a Deep Breath!
While dog hiccups can feel stressful for both you and your furry friend, it’s important to remember that they will likely pass in no time. Just remember to be a supportive pet parent and keep your pup calm during the process.
Hiccups aren’t the only physiological responses we have in common with furry friends! Discover why dogs sneeze next.