If you notice your puppy is hiccuping, don’t be alarmed. Puppy hiccups are normally a harmless, involuntary contraction of the diaphragm. All breeds of dogs, no matter what the size will have episodes of hiccups. They usually last a couple minutes just like when humans get them. As pups get older normally around one year old, they will out grow hiccups.
No one is quite sure why puppies go through this phase. But it is normal for puppies less than six months of age to go through bouts of hiccups that last around two to three minutes. A hiccup is a spasm of the diaphragm, it is brought on by a irritation of the nerves that run along neck, belly and chest.
You will see it in puppies as well as humans when someone eats too fast. Gobbling a meal or drinking water fast stretches the nerves in the neck triggering the reflex. It can also be brought on by stress, excitement and medications.
The only remedy is patience. Puppy hiccups will subside without any outside help or remedy. If you feel you need to help your puppy, gently stroke his coat or talk to him softly. Try not to confuse hiccuping with a puppy having tremors, coughing or choking. If your puppy starts vomiting along with his hiccuping you should get him to the vet right away. Also take your puppy in if the hiccups last more that 30 minutes, or has become a chronic issue.
Normally though puppy hiccups are a normal and totally harmless to your new puppy. So don’t worry.