Dog Hiccups Symptoms:
The first symptom of dog hiccups are sudden and severe feeling of choking or gagging. These symptoms occur when your pet’s airway becomes blocked due to the stomach acid leaking into it. You may feel like you’re suffocating because your pet is unable to breathe properly.
If you have ever had a bout with food poisoning, then you will understand the symptoms better than anyone else.
Your pet may start coughing up blood, which is actually very unpleasant. Your pet may even vomit all over itself. At times, you might hear a loud noise from your pet, which sounds like a gunshot or explosion.
This sound is called “panting”. Other times, you might not hear anything at all!
When the vomiting starts happening quickly and violently, you will probably see your pet’s face turn red and its mouth become swollen. When this happens, you will definitely want to get away from your pet immediately. However, if you don’t take action right away, the vomiting could cause internal bleeding.
How To Stop Dog Hiccups?
If you haven’t noticed yet, there are two ways to stop dog hiccups:
1) Take your pet to the veterinarian immediately; 2) Try something else.
If you have ever experienced food poisoning, then you know that vomiting is a great way of expelling the bad stuff out. If this is the cause of your pet’s hiccups, then you can try to get it to vomit. One way of doing this is by placing your little finger in your pet’s throat and making it cough.
You can also try to make your pet swallow an hydrogen peroxide or 3% solution, but use it only as a last resort. If you are unsure about what to do, then you should definitely take your pet to the veterinarian immediately.
When Should You Take Your Dog To The Veterinarian?
If you can’t tell what is causing your pet’s hiccups, then you should take it to the veterinarian immediately. This is quite serious and could potentially be dangerous if not treated right away. You might want to call the veterinarian before you even leave your house to speed up the process. If it turns out that your pet has nothing serious going on, then at least you have eliminated one potential cause.
How To Prevent Hiccups From Happening Next Time?
Just like humans, animals can get frustrated when hiccups happen. To prevent this from happening next time, you can try the following:
Keep your pet’s stomach full of food at all times; do not allow it to go hungry.
Try massaging your pet’s chest in a gentle motion.
Try to keep your pet calm by talking in a soothing voice.
Rub your pet’s neck in a similar fashion as you would a child’s.
Wrap a warm towel around your pet’s stomach.
Shave off a small portion of your pet’s fur and apply baby oil to the skin.
Pet your pet and talk in a soothing voice.
Sit or lay next to your pet and just talk in a calming manner.
Make sure that you are always keeping an eye on your pet and that you can scoop it up quickly if the hiccups return. If the hiccups come back, then make sure that you take action immediately!
What Happens If You Don’t Take Your Pet To The Veterinarian?
If you choose not to take your pet to the veterinarian, then you are playing a dangerous game. There is a chance that you could misdiagnose the problem and give the wrong treatment. This could lead to another round of hiccups that could cause internal bleeding or even death. It is always best to play it safe and get a second opinion from a veterinarian.
Dealing with a pet that has hiccups is definitely not one of the more fun parts of pet ownership. However, it can be relatively easy to get rid of. You just need to keep an eye on your pet and make sure that you deal with it immediately after an episode occurs.
By taking the proper steps, you can stop your pet from hiccuping in no time!
And remember, if your pet is hiccuping excessively, then you should probably have it checked out by a veterinarian as soon as possible. There could be something much more serious going on that requires immediate medical attention.
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