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Your New Puppy Has Hiccups!

I have been told by multiple puppy clients that their new golden retriever puppy gets the hiccups. They want to make sure it is ok. Here is what I know about puppy hiccups.

Hiccups are simply uncontrollable spasms that contract the diaphragm muscle causing your pup to begin to breathe in. Suddenly, the glottis (a part of your dog's voice box) closes, stopping the intake of air. And out comes a hiccup (or two or three). Golden retrievers as well as other breeds generally get them from the air they swallow when they eat or drink too fast, but stress, fatigue and excitement can also bring on a bout. Some experts believe the harmless spasms can actually help your puppy relieve stomach gas or irritation.

By the same token, reverse hiccups — or when your dog takes a series of loud, involuntary breaths — could be his or her way of clearing out their sinuses. Bottom line? Hiccuping are harmless, maybe even helpful. They will come and go for a while, but eventually, your puppy will outgrow them.

It's nice to share questions and answers so everybody benefits. Please feel free to comment!


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