Dog Hiccups Are Self-Curing
No need to worry about dog’s hiccups.
Jon Geller, DVM
Q. My dog gets the hiccups. She refuses to drink water. What should I do?
A. Luckily, hiccups in dogs are a harmless condition. They basically are a repeating spasm of the laryngeal cartilage. Although drinking water in humans may help dispel hiccups, there is no evidence that it helps in dogs.
Your dog is probably refusing to drink water because you are insisting that she does. She may be a little stubborn.
No worries, just keep the water fresh and clean, and your dog will resume normal water intake. The hiccups will eventually stop on their own.
One other condition that can be confused for hiccups is a reverse sneeze, in which your dog actually sucks in air vigorously through her nose in a repeated fashion. This also is a condition you don’t need to worry about.
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