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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. Fortunately, here at Garden City Veterinary Care, we support Hairball Awareness Day. Hairball Awareness Day is on April 27th every year. It was created to educate pet owners on how hairballs can affect their pets. 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. Garden City Veterinary Care is proud to be recognized by the American Association of Feline Practitioners as a certified cat-friendly practice.

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Here at Garden City Veterinary Care, we take care of our clients and their pets and are open for sixty-nine hours a week. On our staff, we have five highly skilled doctors 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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