Are dog hiccups a thing? Yes indeed! Just like humans, our furry friends can sometimes get hiccups too. Here's everything you need to know.
What causes hiccups in dogs?
It all starts from the diaphragm, the muscle located near the lungs. When this muscle spasms, it makes the glottis shut quickly, resulting in the "hic" noise.
We don't actually have any confirmed scientific explanation as to why humans and some mammals get hiccups. It is thought that it might be from when we develop in utero, with hiccups being the way to test breathing muscles.
This theory is reinforced by the fact that hiccups are much more common in puppies than adult dogs.
How to stop dog hiccups
They usually don't last for long and all you need is a bit of patience. But here are some helpful tips to make them go away faster:
1: Regulate your dog's breathing. Get them to lie on their back and rub their tummy. It will help them breathe more calmly and may reduce the spasms.
2: Give them water, ensure they drink slowly.
3: Feed them smaller portions,. Hiccups can occur when your dog eats too quickly. The best way to avoid them is to give them smaller portions at a time or buy a specific bowl that forces them to eat at a slower pace.
When to get worried?
If your dog is hiccuping for more than a few hours or if they seem to have difficulty breathing, the hiccups might be a symptom of a more serious condition. It is then best to get them checked out.