When your dog gets hiccups, they are similar to those that human beings experience. In most cases, hiccups are due to the involuntary contraction of the diaphragm, making it very difficult to breathe. Whenever the diaphragm of your dog is disturbed by activities such as overeating, it contracts involuntarily. Every contraction of the diaphragm pushes the dog’s vocal cords to close themselves, creating a ‘hik ike’ sound.
However, this is not the only cause of hiccups in dogs; hiccups could also be due to; a fast intake of fluids by the dogs, choking from the smoke, and eating carelessly. When dealing with the subject of hiccups, always remember that any dog, regardless of their age, can have hiccups, but puppies will have more hiccups than adult dogs. This is because puppies are more energetic and playful, which makes them more susceptible to hiccups. Overexcitement and barking too much is also a good trigger of hiccups in dogs. Hiccups are not severe issues in dogs; however, at times, they can signify that your Dog has a problem. Frequent hiccups should trigger you to look for solutions to stop their occurrence; some of the methods to handle hiccups are;
- Feed your Dog on meals that contain low sodium chicken broth, which is usually sweat. Such meals combined with honey will help relax and open the airways.
- Encourage your Dog to drink water slowly and in small amounts to ensure a free flow of air. Moreover, ensure that the water bowl is not too deep for your Dog to reach to ensure that the water flows slowly across the Dog’s respiratory system.
- Give your Dog a surprise fright; in the same way, an alarm stops hiccups in people; a panic will also stop hiccups in dogs. An unexpected clap can help frighten your Dog and thus prevent hiccups. A fright is just among the many distractors you can use to get your Dog’s attention while hiccupping and therefore stop the hiccup.
- Make your Dog slow down when having a meal; you can do these using slow-down bowls that make it difficult to eat fast. Changing the diet of your Dog can also help stop hiccupping; they are meals that can trigger hiccups. For example, low-grain meals do not cause hiccups, while high-grain meals in dogs trigger hiccups. Puppies have great excitement about meals, and they tend to use a lot of energy when eating, causing them to swallow a lot of air together with the food. A lot of air in the belly can cause hiccups in puppies.
- Once you have to feed the Dog, you can softly rub the chest of your Dog as this will make the diaphragm rest and stop the hiccup.
- Frequent exercises with your Dog will always ensure proper air circulation in the Dog’s system and thus stop hiccupping. Let your Dog join you in your morning jogging and nature walks as such exercises can change the Dog’s breathing and heartbeat rate and therefore cure hiccups.
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