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Puppy Hiccups

Chrissie hadn't read anything in the 'raising a puppy' books she ordered that spoke about puppy hiccups.  But little Gibbs seems to get the hiccups all the time.  Most often when we pick him up quickly, or catch him doing something he shouldn't be doing.  Just now, I came upstairs from checking the laundry to find Gibbs prancing around with a ballpoint pen in his mouth.  He seemed so pleased with himself.  As I accosted him to retrieve the wayward item, he started to hiccup.  I don't think I made any sudden movement toward him and I didn't speak harshly at all at him.  But after I took the pen from his mouth and went to sit down, he came over to lie at my feet, curl up and hiccup away.  It's kinda funny, but then I started to worry about congenital heart issues and stuff like that.  You know - I felt a little guilty that I was causing something bad to happen to him.  Lo and behold, the internet is a truly wonderful thing.  Just 'Google' puppy hiccups and see the myriad of hits that result.  Thankfully I found this explanation courtesy of Purina One.com: 


Race Foster, DVM
Marty Smith, DVM

Puppies quite commonly get hiccups. When puppies eat and drink, they tend to ingest large quantities of air. Air, as it enters the esophagus and stomach, tends to trigger the hiccupping response. The authors have never seen an instance where hiccups was the result of any disease disorder. Consider hiccupping normal and common in dogs, and especially in puppies less than eight months of age. There is really nothing you can do for a puppy with hiccups, other than have him rest quietly until the hiccups are gone. If you find certain circumstances such as extreme excitement seem to trigger the hiccups, you can try to avoid those types of situations.
Article courtesy of Drs. Foster & Smith's PetEducation.com

I really am glad to know it's a natural phenomenon.  Yes, Gibbs is still very much a puppy.  A cute puppy at that!