An ultrasound examination can determine if the intestines are thicker than normal, but will not tell why. Surgically obtained intestinal biopsies are needed to make a definitive diagnosis of IBD, lymphoma or other cancers of the intestines. Without a diagnosis, your veterinarian can only “guess” at the best treatment(s) for your cat.
If you have tried grooming, hairball diets, and preventives and you are still finding hairballs on a regular basis, a trip to the veterinarian should be on your to-do list.
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