Updated at: 24-12-2021 - By: petexpert

When a dog experiences hiccups, many pet owners are left puzzled about what to do next and how they can react. Even if it occurs as a short-term event, many pet owners can find themselves concerned about their pet condition. Most of the time, It’s comes and goes within just a few minutes, but when dogs are hiccupping more often, it can be a little more troublesome.


Read on to find out more about the latest solutions and causes of this in dogs. In addition, we want to provide you with all the latest tips and tricks for helping your dog manage their hiccups and understand why canines regularly experience them.

Do Dogs Hiccup?

Dogs experience hiccups for many of the same reasons that humans do. They occur due to a spasm of the diaphragm. [1] Spasms are usually brought on by irritations.

The problem with this irritation is that it can disrupt your pet’s natural breathing pattern, which can cause them to feel like they are out of breath. It isn’t always easy to calm your dog down, slow breathing, and make sure that they will control the spasm to catch a breath again.

Dogs can experience this due to anything from extra excitement or stress or when they suck in too much air as they are eating or drinking.

Puppy Hiccups: How to know when it is not serious?

Puppies may experience this more often than an adult pet. This is because they are more likely to get overly excited or have less control over their breathing.

Puppies that are regularly playing hard or eating very fast will often experience hiccups. Hyperactive puppies also have an increased risk because they are regularly in a state of excitement and less likely to have a calm or relaxed breathing pattern.

Why do Dogs hiccup?

The main reasons dogs will hiccup often come down to the idea of irritation in the diaphragm. Dogs will experience it when their breathing is interrupted, such as if they are startled or when they take in too much air at a time. Pet owners can help their pets progress through irritation.

One of the most common reasons is stress. When a dog experiences regular stress, there is a good chance that it will not calm down and relax its breathing. This can make it even more difficult for them to relieve it. For example, when a dog is overly stressed, hiccups might occur more often with rapid breathing and increased heart rate. A dog may also eat differently when stressed or play in a hyperactive manner.


Puppies experience it most often when they are in a hyper state or after they have eaten. When a puppy takes in extra water or air as they are eating, they face an increased chance of developing hiccups. If your puppy regularly gets this after eating, it could be a sign that they are eating too fast, and they may need a new type of feeding solution to slow their consumption rate.

How to help your Dog stop hiccups?

If your pet is facing regular bouts of hiccups or persistently long, you can help them as a pet owner. The majority of the time, there will not be a cause for concern for regular hiccups. Most of the cures that you would use to relieve your pet of hiccups come down to calming their breathing. Pet owners can help dogs with remedies like a small spoon of maple syrup or honey. Taking a second to lick or chew the syrup helps to get a dog’s breathing under control.

Going on a short walk around the block can help with breathing as well. A short walk can help your dog to get through with it by helping them focus on something else and help them to slow down their breathing as they walk. A mellow walk around the block is a great solution if the other hiccup remedies have failed.

How long do puppy hiccups last?

Puppy hiccups can last from a few seconds to up to 30 minutes. However, if your puppy does have hiccups all the time, or for longer than 30 minutes, you should consult with your vet.This is particularly important if there is a slight coughing in addition to the hiccups.

How to relieve your puppy’s hiccups

Like with human infants and indeed ourselves, hiccups don’t tend to last long in puppies or adult dogs. A couple of minutes of involuntary spasming and they fade away.

Puppies don’t tend to be as irritated or disturbed by them as we are, but I think that says more about us as a species in general. What other animal finds their bodily functions as annoying as we do?

We get so annoyed by them in fact, we hold our breath and pull out our tongue to try and get rid of hiccups. Kind of crazy when you think about it objectively.

Why does my puppy get hiccups?

The reasons that your puppy gets hiccups can include eating and drinking too fast and swallowing a lot of air. Puppies are still developing, and will wolf food down really quickly, a habit from being in a litter where it’s a mad fight for food, taking in air which can then cause puppy hiccups. That’s the reason why your puppies get hiccups after eating, and possibly when they nap. Think about it, puppies sleep a lot, so will get hiccups when sleeping, soon after eating.


In terms of the medical explanation for puppies that hiccup a lot, Katherine Ripley of the American Kennel Club writes:

“Just like in humans, a spasm in the diaphragm, the muscle under the lungs, causes hiccups in dogs.”


Aren’t puppy hiccups the cutest thing? I cannot lie to you and say that whilst researching this article, I didn’t fall down a bottomless rabbit hole of puppy hiccup videos and wasted an embarrassing amount of my afternoon. I encourage you to do the same when you are having a trying day! But bottom line; puppies do get hiccups a lot.


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