Q. Gm. I adopted a 1yr old pickiknees mix that has a lot of hair n weighs 22 lbs the past 3yrs n hacks like he has a hairball n gags? Water eyes. Alergi?

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A. Any new pet should be examined by your vet within 48 hours of arriving home. Hairballs can be a concern which a grooming or clip down may help. Discuss a safe weight loss diet with your vet if your dog is overweight. Your vet should be able to diagnose allergies and treat the eyes accordingly if indicated. The gagging may be weight related or hairball related.

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