Grass Seed Season
During the last few months of summer, grass seeds can be particularly nasty as all the grasses have gone to seed and dried off completely and are like little needles.
They have an arrow-like head and this means they can get stuck in your pet’s coat easily. They can then become lodged in the skin and burrow underneath it, resulting in swelling and possibly abscesses.
Grass seeds can lodge anywhere on your pet but are most commonly a problem on the feet and in-between the toes. They can also make their way into the ears of dogs, which can be very painful and can even result in ruptured ear drums.
Unfortunately, dogs will be dogs and you can’t really stop them running through grass, especially if you live on a large property. However checking daily for grass seeds collecting in the coat and between the toes is the best preventative.
If your dog has a long coat it may be beneficial to have their coat clipped short over summer.
Signs of a grass seed lodged in an ear may include head shaking, holding the head to the side (usually the painful side), whining, scratching at the ear, and sometimes discharge that may or may not have an odour. If your pet has a grass seed lodged in a paw, signs may include lameness, excessive licking of the paw, swelling, and you may notice a small red lump (sometimes between the toes) where the seed has burrowed in.