PetMeds® Puppy Hiccups

This week we highlight questions asked by our PetMeds Facebook fans and answered by Dr. Dym.

PetMeds Customer question: My puppy gets hiccups…is this normal? It happens about once a week.”

The answer to this question is that it can certainly be normal in many puppies. As in human infants, young puppies are often very stimulated in exploring their new world, and will often swallow excessive air, especially during times of excitement. This can often manifest as the common hiccough (hiccup).

While this might be alarming to new parents or animal guardians, the episode will usually pass within a few minutes and does not need any medical intervention or treatment. If a puppy, however, also has excessive gas or digestive tract distress accompanying the hiccough, a veterinary assessment is recommended, including a stool check for parasites and medical evaluation.


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  1. My adult dog gets hiccups often; at least once a week. It can even happen in the night while she’s resting. Is there anything I should be alarmed about?

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Dogs can get innocent hiccups like people, however if any other convulsive movements or spasms occur with it, have a veterinary evaluation.

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