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hairball

 [hār´bawl]
trichobezoar; a concretion of hair sometimes found in the stomach or intestines of humans or other animals.

hairball

(hâr′bôl′)
n.
A small mass of hair in the stomach or intestine of an animal, such as a cat, that is accumulated when the animal swallows hair while licking its coat.
A mass of foreign material in the stomach—food, mucus, vegetable fiber, hair, or other indigestible material—facilitated by partial or complete gastrectomy, as acid hydrolysis of gastric content is decreased; the mass is more easily palpable in trichobezoars than in phytobezoars

hairball

See BEZOAR.

hairball

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The new formula includes vitamins and minerals to support skin and coat health, resulting in fewer stray hairs being ingested, and a precise blend of natural fiber to move hairballs through the digestive tract more easily.
In some cases, frequent vomiting of hairballs may indicate an underlying gastrointestinal problem, such as inflammatory bowel disease, so it's a good idea to consult with your vet if you see any of these abnormal clinical signs.
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With the help of these bloggers, consumers are seeing how the FURminator deShedding tool, when used a few minutes twice a week, helps to relieve pet owners of the mess of loose fur and hairball worries.
Kittens are less prone to hairballs, but as they mature and spend more time grooming, there is a greater chance of suffering an intestinal blockage.
The development of hairballs is more frequent in seasons of the year when cats normally shed their coats.
for the elimination and prevention of hairballs, Tomlyn is a division of Vetoquinol USA and owned by Vetoquinol SA, the ninth-largest veterinary pharmaceutical company in the world.
Many cat food manufacturers produce high-fibre cat food which works by improving the condition of your cat's coat which will reduce the amount of shedding and a high-fibre diet also encourages hairballs to pass through the digestive system more easily.
Robert Hyman, a small-animal vet at the Newbury Park Veterinary Clinic, said rabbits have medical problems that aren't prevalent in dogs and cats - respiratory infections, abscesses, bladder stones and hairballs they can't vomit up.
Regular brushing reduces shedding, mats and tangles and prevents hairballs.
Using a product like the FURminator deShedding Tool for cats to quickly and easily remove the loose, dead undercoat of cat hair can help remove this source of hairballs and shedding.
They are both vegetarians - rabbit food - although the only cuisine they share with the rabbits is fresh fruit and papaya tablets to help with hairballs (for the rabbits) and digestion (for the humans).