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Eating hair--please advise

I have another question (of course!). I have never had a long-haired dog before so this is all new to me. I find Linus smacking every once in a while. When I look in his mouth, he has a long matt going down his throat that I pull out and cut off. Is this normal? I comb him every few days, but I guess that is enough time to develop this.

Should I cut the hair around his mouth? His hair is long except for the cowlicks between his eyes that grow right into his eyes. His brother has a huge cowlick on his face too--funny to see.

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Sorry Karen, I haven't noticed that one happening. It's kinda hard to imagine.
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Benji and Lizzie grab, pull on each others' coats and so it is inevitable that some hairballs get stuck in their throats. PetSmart or Petco has a cream / gel to help them spit out the hairballs.

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These aren't loose hairballs. They are strands of hair that he chews and gets matted. He keeps them in his mouth so they go partially down his throat. When I see a few strands going into his mouth, I pull them out and out comes a long matted mess.

Do other Havs do this?
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I have never seen this before so my advise would be to comb him more I guess. That way you can make sure all the loose hair is gone and hopefully nothing is pulling to make him want to chew on. Maybe he is chewing because it is tugging or pulling when it is knoting up? Not to imply that he is knoted up or anything!!!
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This happens to Scout once in awhile. After he indulges in a good chewie, sometimes I'll find that he's eaten part of his ear, ha ha. Anyway, I just pull it out of his mouth and cut off the matted part.

Sometimes, he'll have a disconnected blob of hair in his mouth/throat too - I can tell because he'll make this coughing or throat-clearing kind of noise. Usually when I look in there, I find it.

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