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!
They 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.
Above: Grass seed caught in the fur
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.
Left: Grass seed lodged in a dogs ear and Paw penetrated by grass seed
Symptoms to watch out for:
It can be difficult to prevent grass seeds attaching to your pet, but there are some measures you can take as a precaution:
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.