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He doesn't want to throw up a hairball! I'm so worried

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He doesn't want to throw up a hairball ! I'm so worried because it's becoming more frequent, like 4 times a day. I hear it trying to be thrown up but he swallows it instead. I've tried sardines, chicken in oil and the hairball mallasis but it just keeps getting worse. I've been checking his stooll also but it won't pass either. The vets are so expensive I'm not sure how to help him induce vomiting. I'm going to try Vaseline on his paws today but I'm not confident it will work either. Please help!
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the cat will be able to digest that. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the cat?
Customer: No. he's very healthy otherwise.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
H's only 2.5 yrs old.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

Now if he has a hairball that just won't pass and the hairball treatments you tried aren't working, you could consider adding fiber to his diet to push it into the intestines so it can pass via the other end. To do so, you can add a spoonful of canned pumpkin to his food. As well, you can even try adding 0.25tsp Metamucil to a bit of canned food. These can be used daily to help this pass and be added to cat hairball treatment to ensure the best chance of success.

Finally, in case he just has nausea and gut upset as opposed to an active hairball issue, you can try to soothe his stomach with an OTC pet safe antacid [ie Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid), Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet)].

Finally, if you find his signs don't halt with the above (which would raise worries of something else amiss like a foreign body in the gut or mass), then we would want to have him checked. If we need to do that and funds are a concern, there is help. First, if you have a VCA or Banfield veterinary hospital near you, then you might consider taking advantage of their free first consult offers. You can find vouchers for this via VCA: (http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/offer) & Banfield : (http://www.banfield.com/landing-pages/coupon). Otherwise, you could consider checking out the Humane Society's database (http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html) as they have a lot of branches nationwide, along with ties to other assistance organizations that can keep down costs and surely will be willing to help.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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