Assist! My Canine Has the Hiccups. What Do I Do? – P.L.A.Y.


By Angela Topf on Nov 12, 2022

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For those who’ve by no means seen a canine hiccup, you could discover it endearing, and even amusing, however do you know that it will also be trigger for concern? Hiccups in canine may cause a protracted listing of questions together with: How lengthy do hiccups final? Are they regular for canine? Are hiccups a symptom of one thing extra critical? To place your thoughts relaxed, more often than not, your canine’s hiccups are nothing to fret about and can resolve in a brief time period. In additional uncommon instances, hiccups will be attributable to one thing extra critical. On this article, I’ll handle the most typical questions on canine hiccups, in addition to present steerage on when to hunt veterinary consideration. 

Do canine actually get hiccups?

Truly, not simply canine get hiccups, all mammals do. Hiccups are attributable to a spasm or contraction of the diaphragm, the big dome-shaped sheet of muscle between the chest and the stomach. The diaphragm normally strikes easily as we inhale and exhale however when it contracts immediately, the glottis (opening of the airway) closes briefly inflicting the traditional ‘hic’ sound of a hiccup. 

What causes hiccups in canine?

There isn’t one precise cause why canine, people, or any animal hiccups, although there are a number of theories. One concept is that hiccups help to remove air from the stomach, particularly when new child mammals suckle milk. We regularly see hiccups in canine that eat or drink too rapidly and swallow an excessive amount of air whereas inhaling their meals. 

One other research exhibits that hiccups have been linked to brain development in infants and should play a job in regulating their respiration. Similar to human infants, puppies additionally expertise hiccups rather more often than grownup canine. 

Stress, overexcitement, and sturdy play have additionally been identified to trigger hiccups in canine; this is because of a change in respiration patterns, resulting in an elevated quantity of air within the abdomen. This additionally explains why hiccups are frequent in canine with respiration issues, in addition to these with gastrointestinal points.

How do I deal with hiccups in canine?

There isn’t one set therapy for canine which can be affected by hiccups. Whereas there are a mess of issues you may attempt to give your canine aid, most hiccups will resolve on their very own inside a couple of minutes. 

If the hiccups don’t resolve, right here are some things you may attempt:

  • Take your canine on a stroll to distract them 
  • Supply your canine a drink of water
  • Gently therapeutic massage or rub their chest 

Keep away from providing any pet food after they have hiccups. Doing so could trigger your canine to unintentionally choke. In case your canine is raring at mealtimes, or is thought to inhale their meals earlier than chewing it, you could wish to think about a couple of adjustments to forestall hiccups. 

One change is switching to slow-feeder bowls or interactive meals puzzle toys. These are a unbelievable supply of psychological stimulation and a good way to gradual your canine down whereas consuming. These slow-feeders may assist scale back the chance of bloat or GDV (Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus) in deep-chested canine. An alternative choice is to attempt feeding your canine a number of small meals a day versus two massive meals. 

Can hiccups in canine trigger main well being points?

More often than not, hiccups are innocent to a canine and solely final a couple of minutes. Nevertheless, in case your canine is experiencing extended intervals of hiccups, lasting over an hour, attain out to your local vet for guidance, as it could be a sign of a possible well being challenge.

Medical issues that will trigger hiccups in canine embrace gastrointestinal issues, like an upset abdomen and intestinal parasites, or respiratory illnesses, like bronchitis or pneumonia. Pay attention to every other signs your canine is exhibiting, similar to: coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, wheezing, or sneezing. If they’re exhibiting any of those signs, together with hiccups, be sure that to get them checked out by a vet as quickly as doable.

If the signs aren’t constant, attempt recording a video of your canine when they’re having an assault. This may be extraordinarily useful in serving to to distinguish between one thing innocent and an indication of a extra critical sickness in your canine. 


Hiccups aren’t normally an indication of concern in pups and resolve on their very own rapidly, with out therapy. Keep in mind, puppies, particularly, will expertise hiccups extra often than grownup canine. However, when you discover different signs together with hiccups or your canine’s hiccups don’t go away after an hour or two, reach out to your local vet for steerage as quickly as doable. 

Concerning the Creator:

Born and raised in Seminole, FL, Angela graduated from the College of South Florida with a bachelor’s diploma in Biomedical Science. Her pursuits embrace working in a small companion animal hospital with an emphasis on surgical procedure. Angela has two canine, Tucker, who’s a Labrador/mastiff combine and a Labrador named Brody. In her free time, Angela enjoys spending time along with her household and associates, going to the health club, watching sports activities, and doing something on the water. 

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