Beware! Its Grass Seed Season

25th August 2016 Uncategorised 0

The days are longer, the temperatures are warmer and Summer is finally here – it’s the perfect setting for long walks for our canine friends. However, it is essential that we keep an eye on our pets and their health, especially during the sunny season – with one of the most common ailments being grass seeds!

grass seed2They are generally picked up in woodland or field areas and can come in different shapes and sizes, which enable them to embed themselves into the fur or flesh of longer coated animals.

The most common areas for grass seed complaints are ears, paws, eyes and occasionally the nose. Unless they are spotted and dealt with quickly, they can cause our pets a lot of pain and may require surgery to remove them.

Symptoms to watch out for:

grass seed in dogs ear

Scratching ears and/or shaking head
Licking paws and/or sudden lameness
Runny nose and excessive sneezing
Sore/red/weeping eyes
Looking lethargic and uncomfortable

It can be difficult to prevent grass seeds attaching to your pet, but there are some measures you can take as a precaution:

Avoid long grass and choose a path where grass has been cut back
Regularly cut back the grass in your garden
Cut back excess hair from around paws, ears and armpits
Thoroughly check your pet’s fur and body after each walk for grass seeds

If you notice any sudden changes in your pet’s behaviour, or any of the symptoms mentioned above, please call us on 01327 350239 (Towcester) or 01327 344999 (Weedon) to make an appointment.