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The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

On 1 October 2018, the new Regulations of activities involving animals came into force which changed the previous licensing regime for businesses involved in dog boarding which includes home boarding and day care. Anyone engaged in this activity must be licensed and it is against the law to operate such a business without a council license.

Summer dangers for dogs - grass seed

Summer walks are great but can have problems
At this time of year grass seeds can be quite problematical for dogs. They typically affect two specific parts of a dog’s body, the feet and the ears. Last year our cocker spaniel Cassie got a seed stuck in her paw which gradually worked its way deeper into the foot. Her foot became swollen, but as she was walking normally, we did not notice the problem until she started to repeatedly lick her paw which drew our attention to the problem. We immediately took her to our vet and because the seed was so far in the only way to get it out was to operate. Of course, it wasn’t until the vet operated on Cassie that he discovered the grass seed.

How dogs pick up grass seeds
So how did a grass seed get into our dog’s paw. Dogs with hairy feet tend to get grass seeds trapped in their hair. As the dog moves the seed can gradually works its way into the dog’s skin. A grass seed has barb like hairs which means the seed can only go one way and that is deeper into the flesh. Once this happens you will see swelling in the foot and may even see a pink fleshy area that is discharging a fluid. Following our experience our advice is to check your dog’s feet after every walk and if you see seeds then remove them straight away. Also clean between their pads.

Similarly, with ears make sure that you check for seeds and if there are any remove them immediately. If your dog starts scratching its ear and appears to be a bit crazy this may the symptoms of a grass seed and if so, the sooner you get a vet to take a look the better. The last thing you want is your dog puncturing its ear drum.
So please, make sure that if you take your dog for a walk in long grass at this time of year that you check for grass seeds in their feet and ears.
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