Hiccups are a naturally occurring phenomenon in humans, but not entirely understood. Some claim that different foods and drink will cause hiccups, while others point to high stress and powerful emotions as the root cause. Interestingly, veterinarian experts claim that similar reasons influence the hiccups in dogs as well. While it might be quite funny when your dog gets the hiccups, and there is generally no cause for concern, there are a few tips to follow to ensure that your hiccupping dog is not in any serious trouble.


1. What Are Hiccups?

Dog hiccups are the same as they are in humans: an involuntary contraction of the diaphragm, which leads to an escape of air and the funny noise we all associate with hiccups. The diaphragm is a skeletal muscle that acts as the boundary between the chest and the abdomen. This muscle expands and contracts with our breathing, and regulates the expansion of our chest when it is working normally. However, in hiccups, a dog’s diaphragm will spasm, leading to the burping of air, accompanied by the traditional hiccup sound.

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