Jul 2018

Fritz, puppy – hiccup

Fritz, a dog puppy, has hiccups – sometimes several times a day.

He hicks between 15 and 20 times each hiccup period.

Hiccups occur when the diaphragm contracts involuntarily.

There are many theories about the possible cause:

– food is too cold

– Eating is too fast and irriates the nerve which is responsible for the contraction.

– Breathing is too fast

– Growth often is mentioned as the the cause because the hiccups so often occurs only

in young animals

Is hiccup normal? Yes.

Even human babies have many hiccups.

Hiccups are neither disturbing nor painful.

So, anyone who has a hiccup baby, whether dog or human, can relax – it passes and there is nothing to worry about.