How to get rid of dog hiccups
So how, exactly, do you treat hiccups in dogs? In most cases, the answer is “you don’t.” Hiccups generally go away on their own, and if they persist for more than a few hours, you should call your veterinarian.
There are a lot of old tales and folk remedies surrounding hiccups. Here are a couple examples: Encouraging your dog to drink water and rubbing his or her chest. While these won’t harm them, some other strategies can.
While there is no guarantee that any of these remedies will work for your dog, there are a few that you should steer clear of.
Startling your dog intentionally is not a good idea. It can lead to distrust and behavioral issues, and surprising a dog on a hard or slippery surface can lead to injury.
Feeding your dog a spoonful of sugar or other human foods is also problematic and can lead to stomach upset and obesity if you do it on a regular basis.
If your dog has the hiccups as well as other symptoms, like fever, lethargy, coughing, or loss of appetite, call your veterinarian and make an appointment to get your dog checked out right away.