What can you give dogs for hair balls? Also, if I have not got grass for my dog to chew on, what is the best alternative that I can let my furry friend have.
First off, thoroughly brush your dog every day to rid it of loose and excess hair. Second, your Vet should have a hairball medicine similar to what cat owners use for their cats. Third, you can always grow a pot of greens for your dog, if you don't have access to outdoor lawn grass, Just ask your Vet what they recommend for your dog. (I grow oats indoors for my cat each winter. As they get long, I just trim them back with scissors --like mowing a lawn.)
It's good that you're asking for help as there are lots of ways you can help your furry friend stay healthy and - no hairballs!
Summer is usually when hairball problems escalate as animals are shedding their winter coats and fur is flying everywhere.
1. Number one will always be to brush your dog as often as possible but never less than 3-4 times a week.
2. Try adding either fish oil or olive oil to his diet on a daily basis. Vets usually recommend using a small amount (1/2 teaspoon - once daily) and gradually add a little more if your dog is a large breed.
3. Try adding a little pure pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling) to their food (start with small amounts).
4. Be sure your dog has lots of fresh water to drink. Use more than one water dish and try adding an ice cube sometimes.
The grass solution is easily remedied by keeping wheat/mixed grasses growing in a container in your house or porch.
Also, these solutions will also help keep your dog's fur free of hair matting.
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