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    Default Hiccoughs anyone?

    Does anybody have a cavalier that often gets hiccoughs?

    Jesse seems to get them every now and then (at least thats what i think it is ). Is it normal for a dog to get them? She's only 6 months old so was thinking it might be a puppy thing.

    Whenever she has them I tend to rub/pat her tummy and move her about and they usually disappear after a few minutes.

    Just never experienced this with any other dog before

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    'cavalier reverse sneeze' there are other names for it. Trachea collapse for one.
    I heard someone thought their cavalier was having an asthma attack and ran her to the emergency vet. By the time they got to the vet, nothing was wrong.

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    Most likely just reverse sneezing -- it is very common in the breed. The vast majority of the time it is harmless -- if you gently cover their nostrils and tilt the dog's head forward it generally stops in seconds. In rarer cases there can be a more serious problem.

    See: http://www.cavalierhealth.com/brachycephalic.htm
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    Rylie definitely does get hiccups from time to time and it's nothing at all like the reverse sneeze. It's like a hiccup so I know what you mean. I only notice if he's lying on his back and I can see his little stomach move. It doesn't seem to bother him and it doesn't last long. Mindy does the reverse sneeze and Max doesn't do either (although I don't recall Mindy doing it when she was young either).
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    Yes, it is possible for animals to get hiccups. I had a horse who got them all the time.
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