If you find your dog is getting hairballs frequently, be sure to consult your veterinarian. They may recommend natural or prescribed laxative options for your dog. Your veterinarian might also suggest using a hairball remedy (even though it was created with cats in mind). There’s no need to suffer when there are treatment options available!
My Dog: My dog coughed up a hairball!!!
Since hair doesn’t get broken down by stomach acids, there’s nowhere for it to go besides up or out. If you’re looking for a natural way to prevent or treat hairballs, I have a few folk remedies suggestions for you. Some of my friends like these options when their stomach gets full with fur, but remember, it’s best to consult with your dog’s doctor before trying anything out.
Cats and Hairballs | Remedies for Hairballs in Cats | petMD
Does your dog get hairballs? What dog hairball treatment remedies have you used in the past? Let us know in the comments!
Cure for a Fur Ball in a Dog | Dog Care - The Daily Puppy
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.Just in case you are totally clueless as to what a dog hairball is, I can explain. It’s actually very simple. A hairball can happen when your animal ingests too much hair. The hair mixes with stomach contents, and a hairball is formed, which can make your dog quite uncomfortable. He will either try to throw up the hairball (and might end up gagging on it) or it may pass through his stool if it is small enough. In extreme cases, where the dog hairball becomes too big and gets stuck in the stomach, surgery may be your dog’s only option.The other day I was in the dog park, enjoying this fine New England spring weather, when I overheard a conversation between some of the human parents. One two-legger was worried because her dog recently spit up a few hairballs, and the rest of the group couldn’t believe there was even such a thing as a dog hairball. I couldn’t believe my remarkably big ears. Do you humans really not know that us dogs occasionally choke a bit on furballs? It seems that common belief is that hairballs only happen with cats, but that’s not true. Dogs experience them as well.The easiest remedy for dog hairballs is actually quite simple: grooming. Regular grooming should keep hairballs from occurring in the first place. Grooming your dog frequently will remove all the loose hair from his coat, significantly decreasing the amount of hair your dog might ingest. Even if your dog does continue to lick his fur, he should swallow less hair.