Drs. Foster and Smith Hairball Remedy, Felaxin, Kat-A-Lax, Lax'aire, Laxatone, many more available
Type of Drug
Form and Storage
Store at room temperature.
Indication for Use
Treatment and prevention of constipation and hairballs.
FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine. Available over the counter. These products work by coating the hair in the stomach and intestines which helps it pass through the gastrointestinal tract without balling up. It also lubricates the colon and the outside of the stool preventing water from being reabsorbed. This increases the softness of the stool facilitating bowel movements. Other hairball remedies are available which add bulk to the stool, such as Drs. Foster and Smith Hi-Fiber Formula Hairball Remedy and Vetasyl Fiber Tablets for Cats.
Usual Dose and Administration
As a hairball prevention: follow labeled directions. Usually give for 2-3 days in a row and then a maintenance dose every 4-7 days.
For constipation: contact your veterinarian for directions.
Aspiration of the oil could cause serious effects in the lungs. May see a decrease in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, & K) when used frequently and long term. May see loose stools.
None listed for animals.
Give between meals to decrease chance of limiting fat-soluble vitamins from being absorbed.
Drug or Food Interactions
May see diarrhea or, if the overdose is long term, may see a vitamin deficiency.