If you are a new pet parent dog hiccups might wonder you. You should be cheerful to see your dog’s hiccups and there is no need to worry at all because hiccups are normal.
Sometimes dog hiccups look funny just because of the faces that your dog will make. But if you have just recently adopted a pet then this little hic sound is enough to make you worried about your dog.
Probably you have a lot of questions like what are the causes of dog hiccups and what you should do when your puppy gets hiccups? So just keep reading to get the answer to all your question.
Remember, This little hic sound cute when your dog will make and you should not need to worry at all.
Just like humans, hiccups are also common in dogs they are also normal. Usually, there is no need to worry because hiccups can go away in just 2 or 3 minutes. But it should not be exceeded more than 30 minutes.
The more you wait for hiccups to stop, the more your dog will be at health risk. So let’s dive into the topic for further knowledge…..
Understanding Dog Hiccups
Generally, hiccups are the contraction of the diaphragm and the diaphragm is the muscle that plays an important role in breathing.
whenever the diaphragm contracts it produces a certain quick sound “hicc”
The same is the case with dogs, also the sound “hic” produced in dogs is also the same that humans have.
So it’s pretty normal to have hiccups in dogs unless or until it crosses the limits. Want to know all about hiccups? So just read….
FACT; hiccups are usually common in puppies between the age of 4 to 6 hours.
What are the causes of Dog Hiccups?
Hiccups are audible so don’t confuse it with reverse sneezing also, it will usually stop in just 10 minutes but if not you are in need of some precautions.
Before coming to our main point what to do when your puppy gets hiccups, it’s good to have some knowledge about what are the reasons for dog hiccups.
So following are some common reasons for hiccups in dogs.
- If your dog had eaten or drunk something too fast then it could be the reason for hiccups. In fact, it is the most popular and common reason among all. Because while eating something too fast your dog will also swallow too much air which could be dangerous.
- The second most important reason is the excitement of your dog towards eating something. Because when the dog will be excited he will sneeze through the chest instead of the diaphragm which leads to producing hiccups.
- Later on, another reason could be the gas in the stomach of your furry friend because Hiccups help them to get rid of gas. So it is good to have hiccups when your dog has a stomach gas issue.
- Sometimes an energetic play or stress could also be a reason for hiccups
Well, there is no theory in science about hiccups. It means scientists don’t actually know about the reasons for hiccups in dogs and humans as well. So the above-mentioned reasons are just human observation.
What to do when your puppy gets hiccups
Hiccups are usually common and they will go away on their own in just a few minutes. But if they don’t you may try some remedies to get rid of hiccups but do you really think that these remedies will work.
Like if you are pulling your dog’s tongue to stop hiccups, it will scare your dog instead of stopping hiccups. As a matter of fact, it is more likely to bother him.
So instead of applying this kind of remedy to your dog try to do something that will really help him.
Here are some tips on what you should do when your dog will get hiccups.
- Lay down your dog on his back and rub his tummy back gently, this will help to stay calm and will reduce the hiccups.
- Just like humans, offering some sips of water to your dog during hiccups could be the best cure.
- If it does not stop then give your dog some liquid sweets like honey or syrup, but don’t overdo it or don’t give them that liquid sweets that have xylem-could be dangerous
Fun fact; so the fun fact is that the hiccups depend on your four friend age. As he grows older the chances of getting hiccups will reduce or probably not at all. That’s why hiccups are usually more common in puppies.
How Long Does a Puppy Get Hiccups?
We assumed that your dog is getting hiccups for a very long time or you are a new pet parent and you are concerned about the health of your child. Well, there is no time limit on how long your dog can get hiccups.
The hiccup episode normally ends in 15 minutes and there is no need to call your VET.
You might be wondering when do you need to call a vet? Or what if hiccups do not stop after 15 minutes? Don’t worry we will talk about this later on but in this same post so keep reading.
When you Should Worry About Dog Hiccups
Hiccups are usually common and you don’t need to worry but if your dog has any of the following issues then you should definitely consult your VET as soon as possible.
Inform your VET about the condition of your dog right away. You should create a short video of your dog and send it to your VET as it will help him to understand his situation better.
So following are some cases in which you should worry about your dog’s hiccups and should consult your vet right away.
- Heart problem
- Upset stomach
- Respiratory issues
When to Call your VET
Dog hiccups are usually common and there is no need to call your VET. In just a few circumstances, you should call your VET.
Let’s discuss briefly what are they….
- If hiccups are not going away or if your dog is getting hiccups for more them one hour then definitely you should consult your VET.
- Also if he has some health issues like heart problems, asthma, or respiratory issue then your dog is in need of a vet check-up.
- If your dog is in pain while hiccuping then vet consultation is a must.
- You should call your VET immediately if your dog is vomiting, or has difficulty in breathing.
To wrap up – what to Do when you puppy get hiccups
to wrap up our whole discussion on what to do when your dog or puppy gets hiccups, we can say that hiccups are pretty normal, and just like humans, they can be in dogs.
you should take definite care about what to do when your dog is getting hiccups, usually, hiccups are normal but for a certain time period if that time is exceeded then your dog will be at risk and you should definitely contact your VET.
if you are a new pet parent and want to know more about dog food, you can read our complete guide on what dogs can or can’t eat.