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Old October 29th, 2004, 10:50 AM
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Dogs puppies and Hiccups - Answered by Dr. Van Lienden

Hannah gets em at least 3 times a day..usually a good chest massage gets rid of them..but I notice she gets em when playing alot and eating....
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Old October 29th, 2004, 10:53 AM
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Good question...why??

My 16 week old Mini Schnauzer also gets the hiccups alot. Not 3 times a day, but at least once a day. I'd love to know why too !!
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Old October 29th, 2004, 10:54 AM
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I have been told puppies and kittens get hic cups alot when little because it means a growing spurt is coming. Made since when I had puppies because once they finished growing I have rarely noticed hic cups.
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Old October 29th, 2004, 10:58 AM
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Buddy also hiccups at least once a day.....so not unusal but don't know why ...He is 16 months old
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Old October 29th, 2004, 11:00 AM
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Hmmmm....

I guess Mysts38 that means your Hannah is growing 3 times as fast as my Jimmy....Golden Retriever and Mini Schnauzer....makes sense!
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Sorry....

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Buddy also hiccups at least once a day.....so not unusal but don't know why ...He is 16 months old
16 WEEKS old (gotta learn to proof)!!
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Old October 29th, 2004, 11:02 AM
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I guess I did proof....

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16 WEEKS old (gotta learn to proof)!!
You were talking about Buddy. He STILL gets the hiccups at 16 months? He must be still growing.
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Old October 29th, 2004, 11:27 AM
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FOUND THE ANSWER-Well sort of

Q: I have a 12 week old shih tzu who has frequent cases of the
hiccups. They don't last long... sometimes they are silent and I can see his body shake and other times they are lound and disturb him. Should I be alarmed??

Joanne

A: Hello Joanne,
Hiccups are common in little puppies - they are no cause of concern. Most puppies will outgrow the severe hiccups by 6 months.

Dr Andrew J

I was also readin that dogs get hiccups,cause they ingest too much air..which would account for hannah getting em while shes eating and playing hard...
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Old November 4th, 2004, 12:14 PM
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Dogs puppies and Hiccups

Hiccups are presumed to be a vestigal reminder of the womb: the lungs need some type of strengthing exercise while in a watery environment. Hiccups are a means to exercise the diaphragm, the wide sheet of muscle that seperates the abdomen from the thorax, until the fetus is delivered into a dry environment and must rely on exchanging gases via the lungs.

Hiccups are normal.

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