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Why do dogs get the hiccups?

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The diaphragm is responsible for hiccups in almost all mammals. This is a dome-shaped muscle at the bottom of your chest, MORE?? Any comments?

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  1. Alicia says:

    Yes they can. Mostly because of the same reasons humans do. The theory of evolution postulates that both humans and dogs (and all land dwelling life) come

  2. Octavia says:

    Same reason we do.You know, I read somewhere that hiccups may have actually served a function in humans at one time and might still serve a function in animals. I read that with creatures like dogs, whose esophagus is in a horizontal position, it may be more difficult to swallow or expel a lodged piece of food. Humans have gravity to help, but at one time we didnt if you consider the theory of evolution. In a dog, hiccups may be a choking response that gets triggered by even silly things like a little saliva down the wrong tube.Or it may just be a diaphragm spasm that many creatures possess, a genetic glitch we all inherited from a common ancestor. Who knows?? :P [Add] Just found this, kinda interesting: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_do_you_get_hiccupsalreadyAsked=1rtitle=Why_do_we_have_hiccups

  3. Louie says:

    my 2 mo old boxer began. since that time the hiccups distress yet a vet i having hiccups 24 hrs ago have worsened into vomiting? the pup is in severe called said to try keyope

  4. Tiara says:

    Dog hiccups, like human hiccups, are a spasm of the diaphragm. In both dogs and humans, hiccups are harmless, but they can be annoying. Puppies are particularly prone to hiccups, because their insides are growing rapidly. Hiccups will event… More:http://www.ehow.com/how_5084072_stop-dog-hiccups.html

  5. Maritza says:

    Hiccups in dogs are common, especially in puppies. Hiccups occur when the diaphragm spasms and air is abruptly pulled into the lungs. In puppies, this happens more frequently because their bodies are growing at such a rapid rate. Hiccups us… More:http://www.ehow.com/how_6361569_treat-hiccups-dogs.html?ref=Track2&utm_source=ask?ref=Track2&utm_source=ask

  6. Monique says:

    The short answer to how to cure your dog’s hiccups is that you can’t. Dog hiccups are similar to hiccups in humans and we can all remember trying different techniques as a child to cure our hiccups and usually having little success. Sometim… More:http://www.ehow.com/how_5994153_cure-dog-hiccups.html

  7. Carlena says:

    Dogs get hiccups by the same things as humans. They swallow air or they get nervous or scared about something or get totally stressed out about something and get hiccups. I like to believe the old "wives tale"(is wives tales pc???)that it’s

  8. Joyce says:

    In both dogs and humans, hiccups are harmless, but they can be annoying. You may choose to simply ignore them, or you can continue to try to get rid of them Detail:http://www.ehow.com/how_5084072_stop-dog-hiccups.html

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