Watch out for Grass seeds!
These sticky menaces are everywhere at the moment and with them being so sticky and spiky, they can easily get caught in fur, feet, ears and pretty much anywhere!
The ends are quite sharp and the point can easily pierce the skin. Sometimes they work their way in between the toes and can track like a splinter. It is very painful and often requires sedation, or even a general anaesthetic to have them removed.
Grass seeds can also be inhaled, through the mouth or nose, which can lead to major problems if it gets into their lungs.
When dogs are running through long grass, or nosing through freshly cut grass, a grass seed can work its way into their ears or eyes, which as you can imagine, can be very painful and very tricky to remove.
In the last week alone, one of our vets removed one from an ear, two from feet, one from an abscess on the side of a face and one very sneaky one hiding in the 3rd eyelid of a dog with horrible conjunctivitis. Another vet had a run of dogs that had them stuck in the ears. Two of the grass seeds had caused ruptured ear drums, the third was removed before it had tracked that far! We also had a case where a dog was brought in with one in his ear, but upon examination, he had them in every foot as well, with one wound containing 8 grass seeds in one foot!
Last year one of our other vets had a case where a dog had gone charging through long grass and ended up with literally 100s in his chest, neck and face, which was so painful and very time consuming to remove!
So, to help stop this happening, make sure you check your dog over and groom them after every walk. This way, you should be able to remove any that have got stuck to them before they cause problems. Don’t forget to pay close attention to their ears, under their arms, paws and in-between their toes!
If you are worried that your dog may have a grass seed, it might be that they are suddenly limping, or shaking their head a lot, please give us a call and book an appointment to get them checked out.