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Hairballs in Pets

Hairballs in pets can be very dangerous. If your pet gets a hairball, it can cause vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, constipation, and lack of appetite. Here at Boston Street Animal Hospital, we would like to educate our clients on how to best deal with a hairball. Here is a list of facts relating to the health effects that hairballs can have on your pets:

  • Long-haired pets are more prone to getting a hairball and get them more often
  • Regularly grooming your pet removes excess hair, and result in your pet having less and smaller hairballs
  • Hairballs are seasonal and are a sign of spring
  • Healthy pets have one to two hairballs a year. If your pet has more than this, they should see a veterinarian
  • If a hairball gets too big, it may require surgical removal
  • Out of all pets, cats are the most prone to getting a hairball.

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Here at Boston Street Animal Hospital, we take care of our clients and their pets and are open for fifty-four hours a week. On our staff, we have a highly skilled doctor and an experienced veterinary team of veterinary nurses, certified technicians, and practice management. We also have client care specialists and animal caretakers. This is to ensure that you and your pets are taken care of, which is our top priority.


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