Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Barking Wednesday - Puppy Hiccups


This Barking Wednesday I wanted to discuss 
Puppy Hiccups.

I noticed that Diesel was having the hiccups a lot. Especially when he first woke up and after eating. 

Since it has been quite a few years since I had a puppy I started doing some research. 

I found out that there are a couple of reason for Puppy Hiccups per Dogs Best Life. 


* Dog hiccups are so common some veterinarians think that they are “growing pains” some puppies must endure during the process of physically and mentally maturing.

*Other veterinarians claim it’s a vestigial reflex many puppies have from their days in the womb. It was a way they could exercise their lungs, and strengthen esophageal muscles, while literally being “under water.” 

The majority of puppies do stop, once their lungs adjust to oxygen and a drier environment.
When Diesel gets the hiccups I try to change his breathing. I offer him a treat or a toy. This seems to work just fine. Diesel has his next vet appointment on March 31st. I have hiccups on my list of things to discuss with the vet. 

It is important for me that I make a  Discussion List for my Vet appointments. I often get distracted at the vet. If I did not have my Discussion List I would forget some of the topics I wanted to discuss. A Discussion List makes it easy for me to address all of my concerns. Vet appointments are expensive I want to make sure I get all of my concerns answered. 

Pic was taken yesterday on Diesel's Three Month Birthday!  He is sitting in the truck wearing his leather vest.  I really like the vest - it has a hook for me to attach his leash to.  This is much better than a collar that will chock him - since he is not leash trained.

16 comments:

  1. Happy 3 months Diesel. I don't think my dog has ever gotten the hiccups - I bet that is cute.

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  2. I don't remember our dog having the hiccups but I don't remember a lot of these details like when the babies were so yong either.

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  3. What a cutie. Hope he is over the hiccups now. Growing pains? Wonder how large he is going to get :)

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  4. I remember when my dog was a puppy that he had hiccups! Also, your dog is super cute!

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  5. My daughter's dog Ringo gets the hiccups something terrible. I did not know what caused it.

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  6. I didn't know that dogs could get hiccups....thanks for the info!

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  7. I love your tip about writing a list. I too get distracted at the Vet.

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  8. Cute little pup! I had no idea they could get hiccups!

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  9. I love how you've figured out a way to remedy the puppy hiccups for your furry friend! He's so cute in his vest!

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  10. Happy 3 months Diesel. Its so interesting how animals are similar to us. Here in Jamaica when babies get hiccups , we look at it as a sign that they are growing

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  11. Aw, poor puppy! In so many ways, they're just like babies. Mine always had hiccups!

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  12. I always thought it was cute to watch. Like tiny babies when they get the hiccups. I always assumed it was because they ate too fast.

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  13. Just the cutest. Love his jacket. So glad you are enjoying (spoiling) him.

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  14. My toddler would love a puppy in the house. I had no idea about the hiccups!

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  15. Such a cutie. And I had no idea dogs could get hiccups! So funny!

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