Hairballs accumulate in the digestive tract and can interfere with regular digestion and elimination. Petroleum-based laxatives coat the swallowed hair and the stool and allow it to pass through the digestive system of cats and other pets. Hairball laxative also lubricates the colon and the outside of the feces preventing water from being reabsorbed, thus increasing stool softness and facilitating easier bowel movements. Hairball laxative is available in several tempting flavors.
What is this product?
• A lubricant; laxative
• Petrolatum-based preparation; may also contain cod liver, soybean and/or mineral oil(s), malt and/or corn syrup(s)
• Offered in tasty flavors
• Given by mouth
Reasons for prescribing:
• To aid in the elimination and prevention of hairballs
• To treat constipation in dogs, cats and other small pets
What dogs/cats should not take this product?
• Animals with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to any of the ingredients
Hairball laxative is palatable, so most pets will readily take this medication. To acquaint your pet to Hairball laxative, squeeze a small amount on your pet’s nose or paw to stimulate taste interest.
Hairball prevention: Each product may have slightly different label directions. If your veterinarian has given you directions, follow these.
Constipation: Follow directions given by your veterinarian.
Give between meals to decrease chance of limiting fat-soluble vitamins from being absorbed.
Ensure that your pet has access to fresh water at all times while using this medication.
What if a dose is missed?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
What to tell/ask a veterinarian before giving medication?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
• When your pet will need to be rechecked
• What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this product
• What are the risks and benefits of using this product
Tell your veterinarian about:
• If your pet has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
• If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
• If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
• All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet’s medications can be given together.
• If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
Storage and Warnings:
• Use under the direction of a veterinarian as frequent, long-term use could result in vitamin deficiencies.
• Do not force feed, as aspiration of this product into the lungs can cause serious damage.
• Store in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct light.
• Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Potential side effects:
• Oil aspiration could cause serious effects in the lungs
• Possible decrease in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, & K) if this product is used frequently and long term
• Possible diarrhea
• If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian
Can this product be given with other drugs?
• Yes, but if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
May see diarrhea or, if the overdose is long term, may see a vitamin deficiency.
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the prescribed amount.
What else should I know?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all prescribed medicines, Hairball laxative should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about Hairball laxative. If you have any questions or concerns about Hairball laxative or for the condition it was prescribed, please contact your veterinarian.