A Hairy Situation: Petplan Pet Insurance Finds Hairballs Can Be Harmful

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In honor of National Hairball Awareness Day, America’s No. 1 pet insurance provider offers tips to keep a common kitty conundrum from turning into a cat-astrophe

Hairballs form a large proportion of the foreign body obstructions that we see in cats, and they can be serious if not dealt with promptly

Pet parents of feline friends likely think hairballs are nothing more than a common annoyance, but according to No. 1-rated Petplan pet insurance, they can end up being costly concerns.

According to 2011 claims data, the average cost for veterinary care related to hairballs is $90, but some unlucky cats have coughed up as much as a $3,000 vet bill.

Why the rise in cost? While hairballs may seem standard for kitty parents, complications are not uncommon.

“Hairballs form a large proportion of the foreign body obstructions that we see in cats, and they can be serious if not dealt with promptly,” says Dr. Jules Benson, VP of Veterinary Services at Petplan. “Almost all cats will deal with them at some point as a normal result of grooming, but if they don’t pass easily, surgery is often the only remaining option.”

In honor of National Hairball Awareness Day, April 27, Petplan suggests a few tips to help reduce hairballs, and keep them from turning into trouble:

  • Get Grooming: Particularly for long-haired cats, a good daily brushing can help eliminate loose hairs that your cat might otherwise ingest while she’s cleaning herself.
  • Smooth Sailing: Ask your veterinarian about diets specifically formulated for hairballs, as well as petroleum-based products that may help ease the passage of hairballs through your cat’s system.
  • Too Much of a Good Thing? If you notice your cat producing hairballs more than once every few weeks, or she is vomiting, it could be a sign of a gastrointestinal problem, including digestion issues and irritable bowel disease. Talk to your vet if hairballs are happening more often.

For more pet health tips, visit http://www.GoPetplan.com.

Top-rated pet insurance provider, Petplan, is the only pet insurance company to have been included on Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America. Petplan’s fully customizable dog insurance and cat insurance policies provide coverage for all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of the pet as standard, and meet the coverage requirements and budget for pets of all/any age. Petplan policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company, a member of the Allianz Group, rated A+ by A.M. Best (2010). For information, about Petplan pet insurance, visit http://www.GoPetplan.com, read the Petplan Pet Insurance Blog, or call 1-866-467-3875

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