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How to protect your dog from grass seeds

It’s grass seed season and despite the seeds themselves being small, they can cause big problems for our dogs. Luckily though, Dr Scott is here to tell us how we can help our pooches avoid the pain this summer, with advice on how to spot the signs of a grass seed injury and what we can do to treat it. 

What is a grass seed?

A Grass seed is simply the seed which grows grass.

They are small seeds that are shaped like a pointy grain of rice but due to their sharp point, they have the ability to pierce the skin and cause irritation. 

What problems can they cause to dogs?

Even though grass seeds are tiny, the pointy end can become trapped in a dog's fur and pierce the skin.

The seeds can also get stuck in their eyes and ears and, in rare cases, can go under the skin and travel to other areas of the body.

Once they start traveling around the body they can be very difficult to find.

A grass seed is a vegetable matter and is therefore not visible on an x-ray and very difficult to detect. 

How is best to avoid grass seed injuries? Avoid long grass if possible - especially if you spot grass seeds growing. + Keep your dog well groomed - so you can easily spot anything lodged in their fur. 

Check your dog carefully after every walk - especially if you've been walking in areas that you think contain grass seeds.

Contact your vet immediately if you think that your dog may be suffering from a grass-seed injury. Dr. Scott says: "We start seeing grass seed cases in early May, and commonly see a case a day in my surgery. It is so preventable, you just need to be sure to check your dog after a walk. It will save them pain and save you vet bills." 

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