Hairballs in Cats and Dogs - Prevention and Treatment - The Spruce

Here is a little known, yet VERY healthy remedy for hairballs and constipation in dogs and cats.
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A hairball can be life threatening if it has grown hard inside your dog's stomach. This risk is usually associated with a large amount of fur ingested along with a poor state of health. A hardened hairball will prevent food from passing through the digestive system and it can also puncture the dog's stomach as the hairs become stiffer over time. See your vet early in order to diagnose the condition and prevent it from escalating.
Blame it on hairballs, the natural consequence of normal grooming that dogs most cats.
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This time of year, dogs also “blow coat” and end up shedding great wads of fuzz. With my black German Shepherd, Magic, we typically have drifts of dark fuzz left in hunks here and there. It must be itchy, too, because Magic does quite a lot more self-grooming through scratching and nibbling. While big dogs don’t typically hark up hairballs, smaller pooches with thick coats–like Pomeranians–can develop hairballs and either vomit them up or become or even blocked. However, they can occur in dogs. Animals with hairballs may cough or retch with or
Photo provided by PexelsDogs get hairballs too — as do humans, and cud-chewing animals, such as cows, oxen, sheep, goats, llamas, deer, and antelope.
Photo provided by FlickrDogs get hairballs too — as do humans, and cud-chewing animals, such as cows, oxen, sheep, goats, llamas, deer, and antelope.
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There are various medications that treat hairballs in cats. Some of them are known to work on dogs, but you need to consult your veterinarian. If a dog hairball medicine is recommended to you in a shop, specifically check if it is really made for dogs.Temperature, loss of appetite, bloating, loss of weight, etc. can be symptoms of a stuck hairball, but the main indicator would be the dog’s unsuccessful efforts to upchuck the hairball.Sometimes a hairball gets too big. It gets stuck in the dog’s throat, or in the intestines. A stuck hairball starts to ferment, which releases potentially dangerous chemicals.A hairball remedy is most commonly needed for felines, as they tend to develop hairballs, however, in some cases, dogs also need such remedies, as they can also ingest hair. The hairballs form as a result of the ingestion of hair, which mix with the contents of the stomach and result in a hairball. A hairball takes time to form and can be extremely uncomfortable. To eliminate the hairballs in your dog, you may use some remedies that are also useful for cats, but there are also solutions formulated for dogs only.Although hairballs are most commonly found in cats, dogs may also be affected by these pesky things. If your dog tends to groom his hair often, it is likely he is swallowing decent amounts of hair. While most of this hair will pass through the digestive system, some of it may get stuck in his throat or stomach. If your dog is suffering from hairballs, certain hairball remedies may be able to help.You may also want to teach your dog not to lick the fur excessively in the first place. While it is normal for many dogs to groom themselves occasionally, excessive licking could cause hairballs, skin irritation and skin sores. Speak with your veterinarian or a professional dog trainer for ideas on how to break your dog of this habit. Providing distractions when your dog begins to groom may be the easiest way to break him of the habit.