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Grass Seeds – A Problem for Dogs

 

Summer is the time to be keeping an eye out for grass seeds. They can cause problems for dogs, most commonly longer haired active dogs that are exercised in reserves, paddocks or long grasses. A grass seed can get caught and work its way down through the skin. Once it is under the skin the body tries to eliminate it and pus is formed that can swell into an abscess. These infections are commonly life-threatening if not treated.

Sometimes the entry hole can heal over leaving no clue to the source of the problem. Areas to check for seeds are ears, between toes, armpits and eyes. It is best to have long-coated dogs trimmed, at least the feet and belly, to reduce the chance of grass seed penetration of the skin. Check your dogs thoroughly for seeds after each walk. A good rule of thumb is, if you have grass seeds in your socks after a walk, your dog is likely to have seeds in his/her coat. Also if sudden sneezing or shaking of the head occur or the eyes suddenly appear red after a walk, this could indicate a grass seed problem.

Check your dogs paws regularly for signs of lesions or infection and if you do notice a swelling or lump on the paws or body, seek medical advice with the friendly staff at Mudgee Veterinary Hospital.

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