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4 tricks how to get rid of your dog hiccups

A short hiccup... A slight wince.... To be honest, it's already cute when our beloved dog has a hiccup. The first reflex is, of course, to get our camera and film this cute spectacle. But at some point the question comes up:  Are the hiccups a problem for my dog? If you still want to help your pet, here are some tricks as well as information on when a visit to the vet is necessary.

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I can reassure you, because a hiccup is as harmless for our dog as it is for us humans. 

How do hiccups occur?

Hiccups are nothing more than the involuntary contraction of the diaphragm during breathing.

The diaphragm is a muscle that allows us to breathe. It is located under the lungs and separates the chest from the abdomen.

When mammals inhale, the diaphragm contracts. Now there is enough space in the chest area for the lungs to fill with air. When we exhale, the muscle relaxes again and the air flows out of the lungs. 

If the diaphragm tenses, the glottis (the opening between the vocal cords) closes abruptly. Inhalation is interrupted and we emit a "hiccup".

Normally, the diaphragm relaxes again after a few minutes and the hiccups disappear as quickly as they came.

3 reasons for a hiccup

1. eating or drinking too fast

As a dog owner, you certainly know this scenario: Your protégé eats as if he were about to starve. And he has just been given treats and a bone. Especially when your four-legged friend wants to romp with you again, the food can not be devoured quickly enough. 

Inhaling air while eating or drinking at record speed will cause hiccups faster than your furry friend can eat.

2. rapid breathing

First we romp, then we bark at the mailman. Again and again, our four-legged friend exhausts himself. Breathing then automatically becomes faster. Too much air is inhaled and suddenly he is already there, the hiccups.

3. excitement and stress

Your faithful companion is always lively and playful. Whether playing with the ball, meeting new friends or simply going for a walk - every day is exciting. With all this hustle and bustle, it's easy to have a hiccup.

Hiccups in puppies

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Especially often we can observe a hiccup in our young dogs. This is also quite normal. Almost every puppy gets it once. Some more often than others.

Puppies are usually much more excited and playful than adult quadrupeds. They eat and drink too quickly and try everything. Within a very short time they wake up and are full of energy. It is only a matter of time before they then give a "hiccup".

In addition, their respiratory organs are not yet so well developed. This naturally increases the likelihood of hiccups.

4 tricks against hiccups

As a rule, the hiccup disappears all by itself after a few minutes. Even though it is very sweet, after a while we want to help our four-legged friends get rid of the annoying "hiccup".

Similar methods can be used as for humans. However, you must remember that some tricks are not suitable for dogs. So you can hardly get your darling to hold his breath. 

Also, you should not give him anything sweet, as it is not good for his stomach. The classic scare might get rid of the hiccups, but that would probably bother your protégé more than the hiccups themselves.

  1. Give drink - This calms breathing and relaxes the diaphragm. However, make sure that your furry companion does not drink too quickly.
  2. Breast massage - Your faithful companion not only enjoys the crawl, it also has other benefits. While lying on his back and having his chest massaged, breathing becomes calmer and the diaphragm relaxes. A nice way to get rid of the hiccups!
  3. light exercises and movement - A short walk or playing with the ball normalizes breathing and the hiccups are gone.
  4. smaller portions - To prevent hiccups from occurring in the first place, smaller amounts of food will ensure slow eating. Should your quadruped gobble too hastily and without chewing, you can solve this problem with a Anti-snare put an end to it.
During the hiccups, you should not give your furry friend anything tough to eat, which makes him chew a lot. He could choke on it the next time he hiccups.
In no case should your protégé be given medicine for hiccups, which is supposed to help us humans. There could be serious consequences if the drug is not suitable for dogs.
To find out the cause of frequent hiccups, you should check the Observe feeding behavior. It may also be due to a specific food or dog food.

When should you take your dog to a veterinarian?

Usually you don't have to worry about your pet's hiccups at all. It arises in any mammal and is usually gone again after a few minutes.

In very rare cases, however, a hiccup is a Symptom of a more serious illness, such as pneumonia, asthma, pericarditis, or heat stroke.

A visit to the veterinarian is necessary if the hiccups do not stop after several hours, are repeated regularly, or if breathing becomes difficult or irregular.

My Conclusion

My last tip from my own experience would bethat you - even if the hiccups are still so sweet and funny - keep your calm and don't let anything get to you. Why?

You have to hand it to them: They have a peculiar method of learning and persuasion that we usually can't resist.

So they can also stage a lot of things, just to be tickled nicely on the belly or even pitied.

You can break this circle by surprising him the next time and giving him water to drink or not doing anything at all. In this way, his consciousness learns to "cure" the hiccups on its own.

If the hiccups are serious, you will notice them anyway by the noticeable accompanying symptoms. Then you should definitely seek advice from your veterinarian.

Examined by the veterinarian Emin Jasarevic
Examined by the veterinarian Emin Jasarevic

I am a veterinarian and writer on animal health topics. Animals are my passion and it is my personal concern to create medically accurate articles and videos to inform pet owners as much as possible.

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  1. Hello, have learned a lot. Good tips that I can apply... Thank you, Merry Christmas Reinhardt family

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