Each of us, at any given time, may suddenly have a bout of hiccups. We have probably also noticed that our little canine friends occasionally get them. This leads to the question, “Why do puppies get hiccups?”
There is an old saying that having the hiccups means you’re simply growing. Could this be true for puppies as well as humans? I think there is more to hiccups than that they’re a “growing” nuisance.
Hiccups in animals are thought to start very early — in the womb, in fact. The lungs need exercising to strengthen them while they are in a watery environment. That’s where hiccups come in handy; they promote exercise in the diaphragm, which separates the abdomen from the thorax. Once the fetus gets to a dry environment, it must rely on exchanging gases through the lungs.
And how do hiccups work exactly? I’ll try not to get too scientific here, but let’s start with normal breathing. When your puppy inhales, the diaphragm pulls down to get air into the lungs. Exhaling pushes up to help clear the air out of the lungs. Enter the hiccups. Once in a while, you see, the diaphragm may become irritated, possibly from your puppy eating too fast. Nervousness or excitement can also cause hiccups in a puppy.
Don’t let your pet’s hiccups alarm you. Puppies tend to gulp a lot of air whenever they eat or drink. During these annoying hiccups, you may notice your puppy’s body shaking, or see him get flustered (as we humans sometimes do from these things). But hiccups normally last only a short time. When your puppy experiences hiccups, you might try giving him a distraction to take his mind off this problem. A little rest time may also help. Another thing to keep in mind is that excitement tends to trigger the hiccups.
According to Complete Healthy Dog Handbook, hiccups are not often a sign of any serious health problems. They are mostly harmless, and more often than not, puppies do eventually outgrow them. Make sure your precious little one has the recommended vaccinations and de-worming treatments, and you should have no worries.
To get a glimpse of the cute and comical side of puppies hiccuping, check out these videos below. Just be careful how hard you laugh — instead of wondering why do puppies get hiccups, you may be find yourself suddenly saying, “Now why is it that I have the hiccups?”
Videos of Puppies Hiccuping