Do Dogs Get Hiccups?

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QuestionDo dogs get hiccups? I know this sounds stupid but i've seen my dog going through the same behavior I do when I have hiccups. (H. L. Marable - California)

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Yes, dogs get hiccups. The diaphragm is responsible for hiccups in almost all mammals. This is a dome-shaped muscle at the bottom of your chest, and all hiccups start here. The diaphragm almost always works perfectly. When you inhale, it pulls down to help pull air into the lungs. When you exhale, it pushes up to help push air out of the lungs. But sometimes the diaphragm becomes irritated. When this happens, it pulls down in a jerky way, which makes you suck air into your throat suddenly. Some things that irritate the diaphragm are eating too quickly or too much, an irritation in the stomach or the throat, or feeling nervous or excited. Some cases of hiccups in dogs can last for days or weeks, but this is very unusual, and it's usually a sign of another medical problem.

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When my dog gets the hiccups I just tell him to hold his breath and it works every time.
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We have a 1 yo Chihuahua/Beagle mix and every time she eats she gets the hiccups. They only last about 15min or so. I think she is trying to keep up with her older sister and eats too fast.
   
It looks and sounds just like a little kid with hiccups. She looks so sad when she has them but I can't get her to slow down when she eats- even tried feeding them in different rooms!
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ok well i have a young 3 1/2 month lab mix and i sware he gets hiccups...im not sure how they start but they dont last long about 10 minutes at the longest...what i want to know is if they are not hiccups from eating to fast or getting too excited then what other medical conditions could he have
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My dog is almost 8 y.o. and for the first time he got a hiccup. After a few minutes I gave him a fright and he stopped. I do not know if it is recommended but it
   
worked well.
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I do not have a commment, but I do have question pertaining to hiccups. I am not familar with dogs with hiccups, so my question is what do they sound like and what to listen for? Also, what can I do to relieve my dog of hiccups if that is what they are?