Our dogs often love to jump through the long grass without a care in the world! It’s lovely to stand back and watch them have the time of their lives as they sniff out the next great smell… but often with long grass comes the pesky grass seeds.
Small and harmless?
Although on the face of it grass seeds might look small and harmless, if they get into the body through the ears or under the skin they can cause so much trouble for our pets.
If your dog loves nothing more than to jump through the grass during a summer walk, our Senior Veterinary Nurse at Doncaster Jo Keenan, said, “When you get home after a walk, get into the habit of checking your dog over for any rogue grass seeds. Check inside the ears, nose, eyes, armpits, paws and in-between the toes.”
At our Doncaster surgery recently, we saw Teddy (pictured) who had a suspected grass seed in his paw – it was swollen and sore. We flushed it out to clean any debris and help to prevent infection.
Infection and abscesses
Jo went on to say, “If you find a grass seed, take care to remove it but if any seem stuck or there is any redness and swelling, please call us and get it checked out. Any seeds that enter the body can move around making them difficult to find and can lead to further problems such as infections and abscesses.”
Although the grass seed risk is true for all our pets, she also stated, “Our long haired breeds and those with floppy ears are the most at risk.”