We got Dexter our 8 week old puppy on Thursday and Ive noticed he seems to be getting the hiccups after hes ate. Im thinking maybe it because he's wolfing his food down.
Anyone else experienced this? Is it a bad thing? Am I doing anything wrong?
Our Jed is 7 mo. old and he had the hiccups a lot, especially at first. and still gets them once in awhile. I never considered it something to be worried about. Why do humans get the hiccups? I doubt you're doing anything wrong
My current puppy has only had the hiccups a few times, but my 6 year old had them all the time when she was a pup. I asked the vet about it because I was wondering the same thing and the vet said a lot of puppies get them and she will grow out of it. She did eventually grow out of them. It took about a year by the time they were gone. They were getting less and less throughout that year though. So I wouldn't worry about it.
Yup, my 3 month old pup probably gets hiccups every other day. I remember my other dogs having the same thing when they were pups - but they outgrow it.
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If you are worried about him eating too fast - there are anti-bloat bowls that have an obstacle or 2 built into them that make it hard for them to wolf the food down. I use one for both of my dogs.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Have him drink a glass of water while standing on his head. If that doesn't work, have him hold his breath as long as 2 minutes. He will outgrow it and give him more water. Also stop telling him funny jokes.
Here's something I found on the subject- sounds reasonable---
Some puppies get hiccups, some get them A LOT! But it's usually nothing to worry about.
Adult dogs don't get them, it seems to be something puppies grow out of as they mature. Sometimes eating too fast is a 'hiccup trigger', so if your pup wolf's down his food try using a wide, shallow dish and spreading his food out so that it's not so easy for him to guzzle it down.
Eating or drinking too much can also trigger hiccups as an overfull tummy can press on the diaphragm.
Very occasionally hiccups can be the sign of a serious parasite infection, a canine illness such as Distemper, or a congenital defect. If this is the case then a puppy would normally seem sick in other ways (vomiting, diarrhea, discharge from nose/eyes, lethargy and so on).
If your puppy seems happy, active and healthy and is eating and drinking normally, then I wouldn't worry about the hiccups. However, if he seems sick in any way, take him to your vet for an examination.
Best of luck
My Bess had them a lot as a puppy.
My Puff never did.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
Harvey had them as a pup, he is 2 now and rarely gets them.
Gracie constantly had the hiccups as a pup