October 1st 2007 3:05 pm
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Mommy was on the computer and I got the hiccups. Mommy thinks my hiccups are so cute. They don't seem to last very long though.
Mommy looked up "dog hiccups" on Google and found a forum where one vet posted a reason for hiccups that we've never heard of before. It's a very interesting explanation. If anyone has scientific evidence or links to articles for why we have hiccups, please message Mommy and me. We're very curious about this.
The website that we found is http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=8832 if you are interested in reading all the other posts or browsing the rest of the site. The post of interest follows in quotes.
"Hiccups are presumed to be a vestigal reminder of the womb: the lungs need some type of strengthing exercise while in a watery environment. Hiccups are a means to exercise the diaphragm, the wide sheet of muscle that seperates the abdomen from the thorax, until the fetus is delivered into a dry environment and must rely on exchanging gases via the lungs.
Hiccups are normal.
Dr. Van Lienden"
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