Hiccups

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Rabbits, like most mammals, may also get hiccups. Hiccups are a spasm of the diaphragm muscle and should usually go away on their own in a few minutes. However, if your rabbit has regular hiccups for extended periods of time that hamper normal behavior, it can be a sign of an underlying respiratory issue and should be examined by a rabbit-savvy veterinarian.

Symptoms

  • Very quick and constant mild shaking of the head up and down.
Bunny Momma. (2008). Bailey Bunny Rabbit with the Hiccups
Hedy Olson. (2017). Fall Hiccups
u/ShakySnowball. (2020). Did you know rabbits can get hiccups?
u/Echidna-nebulosa. (2020). Lionhead rabbit with hiccups
u/savetheshark. (2020). Lop rabbit with hiccups

They may often be confused with seizures.

Causes

Hiccups often occur after a rabbit has been eating or drinking quickly.

If the hiccups go on for an extended period of time, it could be a sign of trapped gas or liquids in the lungs and should be seen by a rabbit-savvy veterinarian.

Experiences

See also