'Tis the season for grass seeds

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With the drying of the grass, grass seeds are now in abundance. When dry, the seeds have a sharp end with an awn like a fishhook. A grass seed embedded in the coat will quickly penetrate through the skin and then will track its way through the body causing infection and tissue inflammation. Grass seeds generally affect long haired pets, where they get tangled in the hair under the belly, in armpits and between toes. In short haired dogs we commonly seed grass seeds in ears and eyes, especially terriers that are low to the ground.


A grass seed

How to prevent grass seeds:

Avoiding grass seeds all together is the best prevention. This means avoiding walking in long grass and keeping the grass in your backyard mown.

Check your pets regularly - After playing in the grass, dogs they will often have grass seeds lodged in their coats, so it’s very important to check your dog all over after being in long grass. Check your dogs ears and paws daily and then run your hands over your dogs body looking for grass seeds.

Signs your pet has a grass seed:

  • Non-healing wounds – this is the most common sign. The wounds may only be small but dogs will generally lick and chew at them constantly
  • Discharging, sore or closed eye – any changes to the eye needs URGENT veterinary attention
  • Head shaking or sneezing


The effects of a grass seed

    Clipping and grooming:

    Clipping helps you see the grass seeds and also reduces the number of grass seeds that get caught in the coat. Regular brushing is also a good idea. Most dogs love to have a summer clip to keep cool anyway! Summer is a very busy time for our groomer Jodie, so we suggest you book in early for grooms to avoid disappointment (ph 8556 5498).

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