Has your pet dog or pup ever had hiccups? If it continues for more than a minute or 2, here are some tips on how to cure your dog and/or young puppy of the hiccups.
Some background on hiccups
Every mammal that has a diaphragm can experience hiccups. While some animals like birds and reptiles do not have diaphragms, they can still do some sort of uncontrolled action similar to hiccupping, such as when amphibians carry out a gulping action.
Both young puppies and canines get hiccups, and the reasons for this are similar to how humans get hiccups. It is typically from eating something too quickly, being too ecstatic or energetic, and high-grain food.
Pups are more hyper and tend to be more lively and fired up, whether during playtime or eating, and this makes them more prone to hiccups when compared to adult dogs.
The precise causes of hiccups, whether in human beings or other types of animals, are still largely unknown to scientists and biologists.
It’s easy to take a look at the physical manifestation of hiccups in the body, but it’s much more difficult to understand why those physical actions manifest in the first place.
In fact, we may never understand why hiccups happen in the first place, and we’ll have to come to peace with that.
There have even been a few rare cases where humans experienced prolonged bouts of the hiccups, causing the subjects to suffer a loss in quality of life.
Just like in humans, having hiccups for too long can make dogs uncomfortable or even worried. That’s why the very first step to curing your pup’s hiccups is to make sure that they’re actually experiencing hiccups and not some other biological impulse.
Let’s take a look at how you can make sure that your pup has the hiccups.
Assess the situation
Recognizing if your pet dog really has hiccups can be a bit difficult, due to the fact that some uncontrolled actions are similar to hiccups.
One fine example is the so-called ‘reverse sneezing’ in which a dog breathes really quickly and without control, as if the reverse of sneezing.
Dog hiccups will most likely sound incredibly similar to human hiccups, depending on the breed of dog.
Look at your dog’s throat. If your dog really does have the hiccups, then you’ll easily be able to notice that the dog’s throat is convulsing every few seconds. Hiccups tend to occur on a regular basis, having the same interval of time between them.
Once you’ve made absolutely sure that your dog does have the hiccups, stay in the area and keep watching them for a few minutes.
In most cases, you’ll notice that the hiccups will go away after just a few minutes. In this case, your pup will be happy and healthy again in no time and the both of you can go about your daily business without interruption.
However, if your dog or puppy gets hiccups often, or if the hiccups linger for more than thirty minutes, or if the dog is experiencing slight coughing, then it is time to go see the veterinarian.
If your pup is suffering from prolonged and serious hiccups, you may feel the impulse to give them some form of human medicine that we ourselves might use to cure an annoying bout of hiccups.
But we want to make this very clear. DO NOT provide pet dogs human medicines for curing hiccups without proper guidance from a veterinarian. Such medications can hurt your dog.
Vets are total experts in pet healthcare, so youc an let them worry about how your pup can be cured.
If your pup has a long-lasting set of hiccups in the night and you aren’t able to visit a vet right away, don’t worry.
Very rarely are hiccups in dogs (or humans for that matter) actually harmful to their health. It may be annoying for you and the dog alike, but have patience and do your best to comfort the dog.
Now, let’s take a look at a few tips and tricks that may cure hiccups in dogs and puppies. Most of them are simple ideas that will make use of pet supplies you already have around the house.
Tricks to try
The following are some easy methods of getting rid of your pet’s hiccups. Try each of them and let us know which of them worked for your dear pet.
Adjust the dog’s diet
Make sure you feed your dog low-grain food. High-grain foods often trigger hiccups in pets. You can also watch your canine’s eating routines and find out what other kinds of foods might activate hiccups.
Many low-cost pet foods make use of grain as a food filler, lessening the cost of producing the food overall. Thankfully, most pet foods today mark clearly on their packaging how much grain, if any, is used in the food, so you can make an educated decision as to which food you’ll buy for your pet.
You may also want to give your dog some of their favorite treats. Just make sure to crush the treats first since there’s already strain on their throat and you don’t want to make the situation any worse.
You can also try giving your dog some water. As in humans, water can help reset their internal workings, getting rid of hiccups with relative ease.
Exercise and play
Help your dog exercise. Whether it is a great walk in the park or playing some frisbee, it will surely help your canine alter his breathing and heart-rate and eventually cure the hiccups.
You can also simply try playing with your pup inside the house. DIstracting them from their hiccups can help them focus on things they like.
Specifically, try to find some of their favorite toys and start to engage in energetic play with your dog.