A few days ago, we noticed that our golden retriever was acting strangely. Primarily, it looked like he was having problems swallowing or had a sore throat/toothache. It wasn't a case of having problems swallowing while eating, more a case of continuously wanting to swallow even though he wasn't eating, like he was trying to swallow something stuck in his throat. He was obviously uncomfortable and couldn't sleep, so we took him to the vet and had x-rays and a medical examination. The vet wasn't sure what the problem was/is but x-rays reveal that there is a large mass of something in his stomach, and my wife and I are sure this is cat fur. Obviously this is not a good thing, and we need to do something about it, but is this likely to be the cause of this specific "swallowing" problem?
The vet has given us medicine to give him, which should help the fur pass through his body, but I've been "inspecting" his "offerings" and I don't see a lot of fur, so I'm not sure if it is working. I once heard of a girl who gave her cat a little bit of butter, which was supposed to help the cat "pass" the fur out. Does this work or is it a myth?
Needless to say, we are worried and feel guilty about what has happened and are now being super cautious about fur. We have taken his favorite cushion away from him for the time being because when he plays with it and drags it along the floor, it will pick up fur. We are also vacuum cleaning everyday. Our cat is Persian, and no matter how many times we groom him, there is still ALWAYS more fur. When I woke up this morning and looked around the place, there was more fur on the ground, despite having vacuumed last night.
So... I'm looking for advice. 1) What's the prognosis for our dog? 2) were the original symptoms we spotted being caused by this? 3) How do we get the fur out of him? (operation?) We are booked in to see the vet next week to see if the medicine has helped, but I"m looking for advice on here, in the meantime.
One last thing, on the night when he was uncomfortable, all he wanted to do was eat grass and leaves. He did and then vomited them up a few minutes later. I mention this in case it gives any more clues to the problem.