Like humans, dogs can get hiccups. It’s more common in puppies than in adult dogs, but they still happen. However, just what causes hiccups? Let’s discuss

Often, the culprits for triggering hiccups are food and drink. If a dog eats or drinks too fast, that can cause an episode of hiccups. Stress and excitement can also trigger hiccups. 

Hiccups can also be a sign of more serious issues. These include respiratory defects, asthma, pneumonia, or even heat stroke. But these are rare.

Massaging your dog’s chest can help relax the diaphragm and get rid of hiccups. You can also try giving him or her a small amount of something sweet. Just remember to be aware of xylitol.

A normal episode of hiccups is over in a few minutes. If your dog has an episode that persists for more than a few hours, call your vet for an appointment.

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