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What are the effects of hairball disease on cats?

Update Time:2023/11/4
What are the effects of hairball disease on cats?

A large proportion of clinical digestive system cases at Cat Specialist Pet Hospital are caused by failure to take hair removal products regularly. Many people disagree. After raising cats for so many years, they recently heard that cats need to vomit hair regularly and need to be fed hair removal cream. Is it really as serious as you say? You may not believe it, but about 20% of owners have no idea that cats will vomit hair balls and require regular use of hair removal products. About 50% of owners think that hair removal products are not that important and only feed them once in a while when they think of it. 20% of cat owners choose unsuitable hair removal products, which results in their hard work being in vain. About 10% of owners know the importance of regular use of hair removal products for cats and choose the right product.
Therefore, when a cat shows symptoms of mild digestive system disease, we should first do the elimination method. The owner first considers whether he has taken three things seriously about the cat: melt hair? vaccine? Deworming? Through a simple elimination method, it is easier to determine the direction of inspection and save diagnostic time and inspection costs. What are some common diseases caused by not using Laxatone Gel products regularly and how serious are they?This is also a cause that many young doctors easily overlook.

1、What are the complications caused by hairy bulbs?

(1)The cause of fatty liver caused by long-term anorexia and hunger strike is very simple: unable to eat. 
It’s easy to understand, because the accumulated hair balls will take up space in the digestive system, causing the cat to vomit after eating too much. He eats less and less, even goes on hunger strike, and long-term hunger can even lead to fatty liver disease. Ascites and jaundice are common symptoms. 

(2)Severe constipation caused by clogged hair balls.
Many fecal balls accumulate in the large intestine, leading to irregular defecation, prolonged absence of defecation, difficulty in defecation, and even anal fissure.


(3) Severe malnutrition caused by long-term eating less or even hunger strikes, leading to multiple organ failure
Eating less or even going on hunger strike for a long period of time can cause metabolic abnormalities in the body, leading to severe malnutrition and even failure.

(4) Digestive system ulcers caused by severe vomiting
When hairball disease occurs in the upper part of the digestive tract, it can easily cause severe vomiting. Repeated secretion of gastric acid can burn the stomach wall and cause a series of complications such as ulcers in the esophagus.

(5)Hair balls directly block the digestive system
It can occur anywhere in the digestive system. Once it becomes blocked, you need immediate medical attention. The picture below shows a blockage of the esophageal hair ball.


2. Why should cats be fed Laxatone Gel products regularly?
The unique barbed physiological structure of a cat's tongue determines that when a cat licks its fur, a large amount of hair will be involved in the digestive system, causing the hair to clump in the intestines and form a hair ball.

If a lot of lost hair is "involved in the mouth" and the disease is severe, hair may even become entangled around the teeth.

3. How to easily determine whether it is hair ball syndrome at home?
Check to see if the cat's appetite is decreasing, or has a downward trend. The owner rarely combs the cat's hair, and basically does not comb it. Cats may have skin problems that are not treated in time, resulting in the animal being licked repeatedly due to pain, itching, etc. Observe whether the cat has abnormal constipation, hard stool, or prolonged defecation time. Observe whether the cat has not vomited hair balls for a long time.
4. How to prevent the occurrence of hair ball disease?
(1) Scientific feeding methods, adding prebiotics, fiber, fish oil, etc. to maintain coat health and reduce hair loss.
(2) Comb the fur frequently, clean the detached fur, and reduce licking.
(3) Feed high-quality Laxatone Gel products and cat grass regularly (do not cut).
(4) Appropriately increase the amount of exercise to promote intestinal peristalsis and expel hair balls.
(5) Regular external deworming can effectively reduce the frequency of hair shedding and licking.
(6) Remove factors that may cause skin sensitivity and actively treat existing skin diseases. 

5. How to deal with hair ball disease?
Simple treatment at home: Use a large dose of hair ointment and take it at one time, usually 6 to 10cm, to help clear the digestive system. Three to five days in a row. This method was summed up by myself. It is very effective for minor blockages and semi-blockages. It is not recommended to use lactulose for blockage caused by hair ball syndrome. It will cause abnormal intestinal fermentation to produce gas. If there is a serious blockage, there is even a risk of intestinal rupture due to excessive pressure.
Methods to deal with complex situations: If the above methods cannot be handled, the pet hospital needs to make a diagnosis based on examination: drug catharsis, surgical treatment, and symptomatic treatment of other concurrent diseases.


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