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Question by AMBER
Submitted on 11/27/2003
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Answer by chimama
Submitted on 12/1/2003
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I don't know, maybe s/he gets excited and that triggers it?  I have two chi's, one gets the hiccups fairly often, the other not at all.  Sorry I can't help more.


Answer by Munchkins2
Submitted on 1/1/2004
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I asked the vet what it is when a dog hicups or "hacks." He said it's called a flattened trachea. It's common in small breeds. Instead of a horseshoe shapa trachea, it's wider and narrower, so doesn't have the adequate room for air. When they get excited, The trachea flattens and the chi can't breath for a second, therefore you get that hicup sound. We asked the vet, what the solution might be and he said a harness. One that is a H degisn. There is a strap over the back and under the belly. The collar part, which curves around the neck separates into two parts, and is connected to the rest of the harness by a O ring. I could send you a picture via e-mail of that type of harness. If you send me a e-mail with your e-mail address,I could send you a picture of that type of harness. My e-mail address is mrsvrs99@yahoo.com Hope this helps.


Answer by chimama
Submitted on 1/1/2004
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There is a difference between hiccuping and hacking.  My younger chihuahua gets the hiccups, just like a human hiccup.  Both of mine occasionally get the wheezing hacks if they get too excited.  I close their noses which forces them to breath through the mouth.  This opens the trachea again.  This isn't cruel, it's sound advice from vets and breeders both.  

If you have a dog that frequently gets wheezing or pulls at the leash, I agree that a harness is much better for walking on lead.


Answer by Willa
Submitted on 2/19/2004
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My little Chalupa still burps after her meal of milk & meat. After She eats I often gently rub the sides of her tummy to help the air come up. I know a burp is different than a hiccup.


Answer by Kingston
Submitted on 4/8/2004
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Willa...you shouldn't feed your dog milk. I have been told by SEVERAL vets that dogs can not properly digest milk. The only milk puppies can properly digest is their own mothers milk.


Answer by Willa
Submitted on 4/9/2004
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Thanks for the advice Kingston.


Answer by Kingston
Submitted on 4/13/2004
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Your welcome Willa. I used to give my dog milk too and then he would always get hiccups or gas alot after he had the milk and that is when I found out that they cant digest it so I quit giving it to him!


Answer by cbydvm
Submitted on 10/15/2004
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Hiccups in puppies most often are a normal, harmless occurrence. Usually the pup outgrows them by the time he is around 6 months old. They’re often associated with eating or drinking, possibly because when the stomach is distended with food, it presses against the diaphragm, where the phrenic nerve (the major nerve controlling the hiccup reflex) is located.

Very rarely, hiccups can be associated with some abnormal conditions, such as a congenital problem with the esophagus or diaphragm (like megaesophagus or hiatal hernia), distemper, migration of parasite larvae to the diaphragm, or an illness that has caused hypocalcemia or hypokalemia (such as pancreatitis or kidney disease).

If your puppy has received the routine vaccinations and deworming that most puppies get, you needn’t worry that he has distemper or parasite migration. If, on the other hand, you rescued your puppy as a stray, you should discuss those possibilities with your vet.

Does your puppy also regurgitate after eating or drinking? Regurgitation means the food or liquid "comes back up" and falls from the dog’s mouth without the abdominal heave of vomiting. If your puppy does regurgitate regularly, you should talk to your vet about whether a congenital problem with the esophagus or diaphragm might be causing both the hiccups and the regurgitation.

If your puppy had hypocalcemia or hypokalemia, which occasionally cause hiccuplike contractions of the diaphragm with every heartbeat (sometimes called "thumps"), he would look sick, not like a normal puppy with the hiccups.

Persistent hiccups in dogs that are past puppyhood warrant a call to the vet, because the likelihood that they’re a symptom of illness increases in older dogs.


Answer by Cocoa
Submitted on 12/18/2004
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I have a problem with my puppy...he hiccup a lot and it scares me because he look at me like he's wanting help from me but i dont know what to do at times except to let him get thru it on his own...what should i do? is this normal??


Answer by HIC-DR2005
Submitted on 12/27/2004
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you don't know anything about the hics. I know everything  about the hiccups and know more about them than anyone else. The best way to get rid of the hiccups is to love them. Here at our labratory we try and get the hicups because we love them.  We get them at least 4 hours every day. The hiccups isnt something that you wanna mess around with.  Excessive hicing can lead to extreme internal loseness of your diaprham.  This causes you to have difficulty breathing.  Hic ups can also come out your other end.  These are called gastric hiccups. If you have experienced these beware!  They can lead to internal bleading and could be a sign of cancer.  Please call a doctor immediately. Im availible 24-7 call me at 1-800-HIC-UPDR.  Hope that this information was helpful.  Also you can email me at mhoss09@hotmail.com.  
P.S. embrace the hics they are your friend!!!


Answer by Dianah
Submitted on 12/28/2004
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I have a question.  My Chi is breathing in air...someone said an inverted hiccup.  She would do it when she got excited, now lately she is doing it a lot for no reason. Two of my Yorkies have just started doing it too, but now as much as the Chi (which I am most worried about).  She has had hiccups, but that is different.  You can see their little tummies suck in.


Answer by nique
Submitted on 1/7/2005
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about the hiccuping that was mentioned above, most of the time when "Tiny" gets it he's not excited or nervous... he just gets them from time to time.  I started patting his back gently and rubbing the sides of his stomach in soft circular motions, it always helps very quickly.


Answer by Jade
Submitted on 2/8/2005
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I have a puppy, I was considering buying her some puppy milks the ones they sell at the pet store, would that be okay for her to digest?
It seems as though she has hard time chewing on the food even though I mix it with the wet food.
I appreciate your advice.


Answer by daisy
Submitted on 6/13/2005
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I am thinking about moving in with my dad who lives in Switzerland, the only problem is that I have a chihuahua and I am concerned about how she will survive in the cold weather. I would probably only let her out in the garden for a few min. so she can do her business ( of course I would dress her in a sweater and booties.) In the summer months it gets quite hot so that is not a problem. Does anyone know if there is a way she can survive?



Answer by Elizabeth
Submitted on 9/28/2005
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Answer by johnehlee
Submitted on 11/21/2005
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I have a 6 month old chihuahua and when he gets excited, he can't breathe well... it sounds like he has some phlegm in his nasal cavities, but I never see any discharge. But it still sounds like he's congested and all stuffed up. When he's done, he kind of swallows. Is this normal?


Answer by Car
Submitted on 7/8/2006
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My chi sometimes hiccups after eating too,, i think its just if they eat too quick!  


Answer by Mikki
Submitted on 2/25/2007
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my puppy does that to i don't know why she does, but after she drinks a little water she's fine. So my advice is just have her drink a little water she should be fine after.


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