Grass seeds are the tiny enemy we all dread throughout the summer months.
Most grass seeds seem to find their way between our dogs toes, into their ears, sometimes in their eyes, and into their nose or mouth too. In fact any part of their body is at risk of puncturing.
Dogs love to run through long grass, so it’s important to check them for grass seeds every time. Once a grass seed finds its way into your dogs body, they are far harder to find. A grass seed won't normally show up on x-rays, and can travel far throughout the dog causing inflammation, infection and abscesses.
They can travel as far as your dogs lungs and depending on the distance travelled , they may require a CT scan to locate. Due to how quickly it travels, a suspected grass seed problem should be seen by your vet.
What To Look Out For:
How Fast Does A Grass Seed Go Into Your Dog And Travel?
Once a grass seed is under the skin, it’s possible for it to start migrating around the body, at which point they often cause problems and prove difficult to find. Watch this video by Banbury Vet Clinic to see how quickly a seed can find its way into your dogs body.
Seeds To Look Out For
Many seeds can cause problems, but one seed to definitely look out for is the Foxtail. Similar looking to wheat, Meadow foxtail occurs throughout the UK. It is most abundant in low lying areas, river valleys, wetlands or in old meadows on moist soils.
When dogs encounter the seed-heads, their barbs cause them to become irreversibly lodged and will penetrate just about anywhere.
How To Minimise Grass Seed Concerns
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