Oh no! Here is another one! A puppy that hiccups is among the most adorable things to see but it can be quite stressful for a worried pet parent. It’s normal to want keep your puppy in a safe environment, so it doesn’t be a shock to hear someone asking questions such as “Why does my puppy hiccup?”, “is it normal?” And “How can I make the hiccupping stop?”
Hiccups are a normal part of life for puppies. Indeed, puppies begin to hiccup during the womb prior to even born. Some theories indicate that the frequent hiccups could be an opportunity for the growing puppy to work its respiratory system as well as other muscles.
What is a Hiccup?
The first step is to discuss the nature of these sounds and what they are. A hiccup can be described as an uncontrolled twitching that occurs in the diaphragm. The non-voluntary “twitch” causes inspiration (breathing into) of air. This is then blocked by the closing of the glottis. It is a which is part of the “voice box.”
The diaphragm muscle that divides the chest (heart and lung) and the abdominal (contents of the stomach such as the stomach, liver, intestines, and many more). It allows the lungs to take air into the body when they are in inspiration.
When a puppy is breathing normally the diaphragm moves towards the abdomen when the puppy exhales (breathes through) to make room for air to enter the lung. When the dog breaths exhale (breathes out) then the diaphragm is moved towards the chest, which helps in the removal of air from the lung.
What Causes a Puppy to Hiccup?
Hiccups are common throughout the day for healthy puppies. They can last for up to minutes before they stop abruptly. Dogs are known to hiccup following drinking or eating, especially when they do it quickly. Hiccups can also be a result of being nervous, anxious or after excessive barking. The idea is that the excitement could raise the rate at which a puppy breathes and stimulate the diaphragm. Then, the majority of puppies will get over their hiccupping behaviors and most adult dogs don’t have the hiccups.
What Should You Do When a Puppy is Hiccupping?
Hiccups are not a cause for concern and are is not dangerous. When your dog is experiencing the hiccups which have been going on for a long time and you wish to help, then the most effective option is to gently soothe your puppy. Avoid talking loudly or scolding them in any manner. Hiccups are normal bodily functions that your puppy isn’t able to be able to control. Therefore, don’t penalize the dog for something that’s not their fault.
How to Stop Puppy Hiccups
The reason hiccups disappear in puppies is similar to the reason they disappear in humans. However, in humans the process differs for every individual and solutions don’t always work. Some suggestions to stop the puppy’s hiccups are:
- Like in humans drinking water, drinking it can cause the hiccups of some puppies.
- Proper diet: Feeding a grain free or low grain diet can help some puppies.
- Moving around: Altering the puppy’s activities can cause hiccups to stop. When your pup is active or running around, let him cool him down by taking a walk. When your dog is walking encourage him by engaging in more vigorous activities.
- Distraction: Giving the puppy a new toy or altering the puppy’s focus on a daily basis can often stop his hiccups.
- Slowing down eating: Offer small meals, or make use of a food bowl to increase meals.
- Find a pattern Watch your puppy for the hiccups. See whether you can spot an underlying factor or pattern that triggers hiccups in your puppy. If you can, stay clear of the things that cause hiccups and determine if they make any difference.
I hope that this article helps you understand the reason why puppies have a tendency to hiccup, the things could you do aid your puppy who is hiccupping, and their roles in natural and good puppy behaviors.
The Root of the Behavior
It’s been discovered that dogs suffer from hiccups due to the same reasons that people do. If they eat fast or swallow excessive amounts of air engage in with too much enthusiasm or are suffering from high levels of stress then hiccups could be the symptom. The key to preventing hiccups is the avoidance of behaviors which cause them at all and determining the root cause is the best way to begin. What time do hiccups typically occur? Do they occur shortly after eating? If yes then the amount of consumption is the most likely cause.
If they are not occurring during eating times, it might be safe to conclude that food isn’t the reason, however it could be due to water. Keep track of the times they have hiccups. Try to understand the reason before they begin to experience hiccups. A process of elimination can aid in determining the root cause. If your dog is frequently scared or excited, it could be an indication of their level of stress or excitement. If they tend to be exuberant after you get home and they have hiccups, you know the cause. Stress is a little more difficult to determine what is the root of the problem but an excellent indicator of the level of stress in your dog are your personal stress levels.
If you tend to have an atmosphere of stress in your home the stress will likely be experienced by your dog, too because they feel extremely well. Whatever the reason for the behavior, is there anything you can do to alleviate the hiccups you experience? Other than prevention strategies What can you do to treat the hiccups once you have them? Do the same techniques work for dogs as they do for humans? Can a jump of a great height can frighten the hiccups away?
Other Solutions and Considerations
If you are feeling down for your dog and wish to aid, but the above options aren’t effective, you should consult an animal behaviorist or trainer to gain a greater understanding of your dog’s hiccups. They will be able to provide suggestions and techniques that will be beneficial for your dog and help ease the symptoms.
Hiccups are also common among stressed dogs as well as dogs who suffer from anxiety. A professional in behavioral therapy will be able to assist to determine the source of the problem and help you address the stress your dog is experiencing. If your dog is just experiencing occasional hiccups and nothing else, there’s no reason to be concerned. Take a moment to joke with your dog and be aware that they typically disappear within 15-30 minutes.
Your dog’s hiccups will be okay and everything will turn out to be in order. If they last for a long period of time or becomes extremely frequent, you should consider calling your veterinarian. However, hiccups are in and of themselves no danger to your dog’s wellbeing or well-being. You can control the pace at which they eat and drink , and you’ll notice a significant change.