Watch out for grass seeds!
As the grass starts to dry off you need to keep your eyes peeled for the dreaded grass seed… who knew that something so small and innocent could cause so many problems!?
Certain types of grass seeds are shaped like a pointy arrow with a needle-like tip and once they are caught in your pet’s fur they can start to burrow aggressively into your pet’s skin with no way of escaping.
If the seed does not exit, a painful abscess can form and this may lead to the need for surgery to remove the seed or remnants.
Keep an eye out for a lump or swelling (particularly between the toes), excessive licking, pain or pus and bloody discharge from a small wound.
Occasionally a grass seed will end up in your dog’s ear canal leading to intense irritation. If you notice your dog is shaking his head or appears itchy around the ears, a check up with us is essential.
We recommend that you check your pet for grass seeds daily and after every walk – concentrate under the paws, between the toes, around the ears and in the armpit region. You’ll be amazed how many seeds can become hidden in your pet’s coat – and they are just waiting to cause trouble!
A keen eye will prevent grass seeds becoming a problem so be vigilant and don’t let these little nuisances take hold.