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Dog Hiccups

Dog hiccups are odd. They sound like a little engine trying to start, and they often make dogs’ eyes bulge out. But what are they? How do dogs get them? How can you make them stop? In this guide, we will learn all about dog hiccups and answer the questions you surely have about why your dog hiccups.

What are dog hiccups?

Hiccups in dogs are caused by a sudden contraction of the diaphragm. This is the muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen, and it’s also responsible for breathing. When the diaphragm contracts, it causes a sudden rush of air into the lungs, which in turn makes the vocal cords snap shut. This is what creates the hiccup sound.

People and dogs are both prone to get hiccups when something causes the diaphragm to go into a state of spasms. This can be caused by a number of things, such as eating too quickly, drinking carbonated drinks, or being anxious.

Why do dogs get hiccups?

Dogs can get hiccups for the same reasons that humans do. They can get them from eating too fast, drinking too much water quickly, or from excitement. Hiccups in dogs are usually not a cause for concern, but if your dog has recurrent hiccups, you should take him to the vet to make sure there is not an underlying health issue.

If your dog’s hiccups are accompanied by other symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy, take him to the vet right away. These could be signs of a more serious health problem. In most cases, however, hiccups in dogs are nothing to worry about and will go away on their own.

What to do if hiccups won’t stop

If your dog won’t stop hiccuping there are several things that you should do.  You can try to scare the hiccups away by making a loud noise or you can offer your dog a drink of water. If those things don’t work, you may need to seek veterinary help.

Dogs’ hiccups with likely go away on their own without any intervention on your part. However, if the hiccups are severe or persist for more than a day or two, it’s best to consult with your veterinarian. They may be able to recommend a treatment plan or prescribe medication to help stop the hiccups.

So if your dog is hiccupping, don’t worry – just be sure to keep an eye on them and take appropriate action if necessary.

Dog hiccups at night

It is common for dogs to get hiccups at night.  Most of the time, this is nothing to worry about and the hiccups will go away on their own. However, if your dog’s hiccups are accompanied by other symptoms, such as vomiting or diarrhea, it is best to take him to the vet. In most cases, there is no underlying medical condition causing the hiccups and they will go away with time. If your dog’s hiccups are caused by a medical condition, however, the vet can help treat the condition and stop the hiccups.

Make sure your dog has food or water available in case they get hiccups at night. Eating and drinking may help the hiccups go away on their own.

Dog hiccups after eating

On the other hand, some dogs are prone to getting hiccups after eating. This can be because the phrenic nerve is stimulated in the throat of the dog causing the dog to get hiccups.  In some cases, the hiccups can go away on their own but in other cases, you may need to take your dog to the vet. If your dog is having persistent hiccups, it is best to have them checked out by a professional.

Hiccups or Seizure? How to tell the difference

Sometimes, hiccups in a dog can seem similar to a seizure. There are some important differences between hiccups and seizures in dogs.  Here are a few tips to help you tell the difference:

  • Hiccups typically involve repetitive, spasmodic contractions of the diaphragm, while seizures involve muscle jerking and convulsions throughout the body.
  • Hiccups usually last for a few seconds or minutes, while seizures can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes (or even longer).
  • Hiccups generally occur in short bursts, while seizures may start gradually and then worsen over time.
  • During a seizure, a dog may lose consciousness and have involuntary muscle spasms. With hiccups, the dog will usually remain conscious and alert.

If you’re not sure whether your dog is having a seizure or just hiccupping, it’s best to err on the side of caution and call your veterinarian. They can help determine what’s going on and provide appropriate treatment if necessary.

Puppy Hiccups

Puppies can also get hiccups.  It’s not clear why they get them, but it might have something to do with the way their digestive system is maturing. Like human babies, puppies sometimes get hiccups after eating or drinking. They usually outgrow them by the time they’re about six months old.

If your puppy has a bad case of hiccups, you can try to help him get rid of them.  You can try giving your puppy a small amount of ice to chew on. This will cool down his stomach and help stop the hiccups. It also may help to encourage your puppy to drink cold water for the same reasons. A puppy with hiccups may be more prone to

How to get rid of dog hiccups?

If your dog starts hiccupping, there’s no need to panic. Hiccups are generally harmless and will usually go away on their own. However, if your dog is hiccupping frequently or for an extended period of time, it could be a sign of a more serious condition and you should consult your veterinarian. In the meantime, there are a few home remedies that may help to get rid of your dog’s hiccups.

Home remedies

There are a variety of home remedies that can help to get rid of dog hiccups. One popular method is to place a small amount of honey on the dog’s tongue. The sweetness of the honey will help to distract the dog from the hiccups, and the act of licking will help to stimulate the nerves that control the diaphragm. Another home remedy is to give the dog a teaspoon of sugar. The sugar will help to coat the throat and calm the spasms that are causing the hiccups. Finally, some people believe that rubbing the dog’s chest can help to stop the hiccups. The pressure from the rub will help to relax the diaphragm and allow the dog to take normal breaths again. If your dog’s hiccups persist, you can try holding their nose closed for a minute.

How to prevent dog hiccups

Dogs can get hiccups for the same reasons that humans do: excitement, eating or drinking too fast, or gulping air. While hiccups are usually not harmful, they can be quite annoying for both dog and owner. If your dog is frequently hiccupping, there are a few things you can do to help prevent it. First, make sure that your dog is taking small bites and chewing slowly when eating. You may also want to feed them smaller meals more often throughout the day. Secondly, avoid letting your dog get overly excited before mealtime by playing with them or letting them run around prior to feeding. Finally, if your dog is prone to hiccups after drinking, try giving them smaller sips of water or wait until they have finished eating before giving them a drink.


So, as you can see, hiccups are a common occurrence in puppies and dogs of all ages. While they may be annoying, dog hiccups are usually not cause for concern and will go away on their own.