Can Dogs Get Hiccups?


Hiccups are quite normal for puppies. Dogs can hiccup due to overeating or a strong fright. In some cases it is almost impossible to find an obvious reason. Moreover, breeders sometimes do not notice hiccups of their pet.

In fact, this phenomenon is a reflex convulsive breath during which the diaphragm is sharply reduced.


Dogs’ hiccups are evident humans’ ones. It is a spasmodic contraction of diaphragmatic muscles. The diaphragm is a muscular partition separating the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity.

In most cases young dogs’ diaphragm is contracted very sharply. During the hiccups a distinctive sound occurs, the reason of it is involuntary and very rapid closure of the glottis. Usually, hiccups of dogs start with unnoticeable reasons. This phenomenon is completely harmless.

Depending on the duration hiccup is divided into two types:

  • The short hiccup – it occurs as a result of overfeeding or too rapid eating, especially puppies have this hiccup; also dogs can have short hiccup in the case when their diet provides insufficient amount of liquid food.
  • The long hiccup – some puppies may hiccup for an hour or longer. As a rule, the reason for this phenomenon becomes a foreign object in the stomach, worm infestation or the various diseases of the digestive system.

Why Does a Dog Hiccup?

There are many factors that lead to the fact that puppies get the hiccups:

    • Sudden filling of the stomach. A similar phenomenon happens if a dog eats greedily. Also hiccups often arise from the fact that the owner gives the pet only dry food does not provide with enough water.
Advice: by the way, experts recommend feed puppies dry food pre-soaked in water.
  • Active play with other pets or owners. As a result of such activities the throat of the animal is dry which causes hiccups. In this case, it is sufficient to give your pet some water.
  • Hypothermia. Shorthair breeds suffer from it. Such dogs need to wear, even if they are in the apartment. It concerns to the cases when there is a draft in the room.
Warning! If hiccups last too long (more than an hour), you must immediately contact the vet, because the reason of continuous hiccups can be acute gastritis, dirofilariasis, worms or some foreign object in the stomach.

In some cases reasons of hiccups can be damage of the functioning of the central nervous system. For example, there can be complications after the previous distemper. Puppies get hiccups more often than dogs. This is because puppies are very sensitive to any external factors.

Recommendation: often longstanding hiccup is a premonitory symptom of a heart attack. So you should not delay visit of a veterinary clinic.

How to Get Rid Hiccups?

If the pet has hiccups after eating, you must give him some warm clean water. You can gently massage the abdomen of the dog if there is too rapid ingestion of food and air.

In the case when a hiccup occurs very often, it is necessary to ensure that there are no worms in dog’s organism. It is best to use some treatment.

Advice: if after taking remedies hiccup remains, you must contact your veterinarian to determine the exact reason.

Puppies need to be fed with given daily value. This applies to dry food which is rich in nutrients that are very heavy for digestive system.

In most cases, hiccup goes away by itself. It is sufficient to ensure that the dog has enough clean warm water. You should also avoid overfeeding your pet and periodically give it medicines for worms.

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Glad to see you, my friends! I started this blog several years ago as a hobby and continue to write articles about dogs.
I'm a dog lover and the proud owner of two wonderful dogs: French Bulldog Maya and Beagle Tom. It's been more than 10 years since I had a dogs and worked closely with them. I've raised four dogs throughout my life and have experience assisting in the births of two dogs. At least once a week, I volunteer with friends at a dog shelter AMA Animal Rescue and Animal Care Centers of NYC in NY.

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