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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-26-2004, 08:35 AM Thread Starter
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Question Dogs ... with hairballs?

Seamus (my shetland sheepdog puppy) has HAIRBALLS! I really am just dumbfounded by this, especially since the hair he is coughing up (or pooing out) isn't his! It's hair from Kirby, our samoyed!

A few days after we got Seamus, I noticed he liked going around the apartment to find tufts of Kirby's hair and would eat them! Of course, when I catch him, I fuss at him and take the hair out of his mouth, but obviously he keeps sneaking in "bites" here and there.

First I noticed hair in his poo. Then, one day, I found a white "poo" on the floor! I thought it was just some poo I didn't see and somehow got rolled around in Kirby's hair (I'd never SEEN a real hairball and never had cats with the problem). I picked it up with a papertowel and threw it away.

Over the past week and a half, two more of these "poos" popped up and finally I figured it out that it must be a hairball and SEAMUS was the one throwing them up! I looked on the internet for information on dogs with hairballs, and wouldn't you know, I haven't found a thing.

Does anyone have experience with this? I'm tempted to go buy some of those cat hairball pastes and try that on Seamus to see if it helps ... Hmmm ...

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We have a few that like to scavage whatever it is they can get off the floor, whether it be a fur ball, or a piece of fuzz, and sometimes they cough it back up, not looking very pretty either. I haven't used anything on the dog's as it isn't often this happens so I don't know what to suggest for Seamus in helping preventing his hairball problem. However seeing that your finding it in his poo, they do have digestive aids out there, it's just a matter of time looking either in a store or online. I know I wasn't much help

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It's okay, Kim! It makes me feel better knowing that you have some that like to eat strange things, too!

He seems to be passing the hair with no problem (either way it goes, it gets out)!

I just wish there was a way to discourage him from eating Kirby fuzz. Ah well. If his coughing continues from it, I'll mention it to the vet this week when we go in to get his shots to see what her opinion is.

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