Why Do Puppies Get Hiccups and How to Get Rid of Them?

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Why Do Puppies Get Hiccups and How to Get Rid of Them?

Hiccups in puppies are just as normal as when humans get hiccups. Though the reasoning may be different, hiccups are usually harmless for puppies. More often than not, your puppy will even outgrow hiccups. So why do they even get them and is there something you can do to stop them?

Why Do Puppies Get Hiccups?

Hiccups are simply uncontrollable spasms that contract the diaphragm muscle which cause your puppy to breath in, then the glottis, a part of your puppy’s voice box, closes and stops the intake of air. As a result, out comes a hiccup.

Puppies usually get hiccups from swallowing too much air when they eat or drink too fast. Another cause could be stress, fatigue, excitement, or nervousness. Some experts even believe that hiccups help your puppy relieve stomach gas or irritation.

How to Get Rid of Hiccups

While hiccups usually only last a short time, your puppy may become confused or flustered. You can help distract your puppy by giving him a toy, petting him, or just getting his mind off the hiccups. Another option may be to put him by himself away from any external stimuli to rest or calm down.

The bottom line is hiccups are harmless for puppies and may even be helpful at times. They may come and go for a while, but eventually your puppy will outgrow them.


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