5 days ago
Monday, October 27, 2014
Does your pet get the hiccups? Callie does-- a lot. They are violent, rib shaking jolts. Don't know about her, but I know my own hics can drive me batty. I so feel for those poor souls who hic for 40 years. I would have never made it past a full day before turning violent. Luckily for my sanity and other's safety, mine are rare and brief.
My cure for the serious hics is to drink water through a paper towel held tightly over a glass. That is for those of us too unskilled to drink from the back of a glass or while upside down. Can people really do that??
Drinking pickle juice worked well for a while but it really tastes nasty and as rarely as I eat pickles, I would eventually end up with dried up gherkins lying in a glass jar. Now days if the hics are minor, a sip of Twist Up that stays open in the refrigerator usually does the trick and tastes better.
I am not a big soda drinker. One can usually lasts me 4 or 5 days so there is always one on tap sitting open in the fridge. No, I don't mind when it goes flat. It is just there for a quick sip for thirst relief when I don't have time to chug a bottle of water or for random hiccups.
Scaring is supposed to work but when there isn't another person handy, "booing" your self is not very effective. It is hard to sneak up on oneself and I find it just impossible to not know when it is coming. Morning mirror viewing are really scary and would be effective but I have yet to wake up with the hics.
All my regular tricks are not useful at all for poor Callie. So I tried the one that doesn't work for me-- BOO. She usually gets the hics while lying on the couch beside me. I have no idea how she handles those she might get while outside. She is on her own out there.
I ignore her for just a moment then suddenly turn on her and yell "BOO." Boy do her eyes fly wide and she looks at me like the "bend" has finally arrived and I have just slid violently around it. She always gives me the look imploring, "What is WRONG with you?" But it works. The hics are gone.
Wanting her to have the hiccups in order to film her was quite effective in keeping them away so I borrowed this video from YouTube. While the hiccups, are less pronounced in this small dog-- the cure, the wild eyes and owner remorse are identical.
Does your pet get the hiccups? I hear even hamsters get them. How about your own hic cures?
at 5:00 AM Posted by Arkansas Patti