Summer dangers for dogs - 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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