We recently wrote a blog warning everyone about grass seeds and the problems they can present to our pets at this time of year. We have been inundated with cases over the last few weeks and Charlie the 10 year old springer spaniel is one of them.
He was brought in to see Sarah Elliot at Weedon vets last week with a swelling to his left ear. This swelling is called an Aural Haematoma which is a blood filled pocket within the ear flap that occurs generally as a result of trauma either from injury, head shaking or constant itching .
During the consult Sarah examined Charlie for the issue that could have caused the Aural Haematoma and when she looked down Charlies ear with the auroscope she noticed signs of what looked like a grass seed within the ear canal.
So a decision was made to sedate Charlie to safely address the underlying source of irritation and drain the haematoma.
Once sedated Sarah was able to remove not one but two huge grass seeds from the ear canal. As you can see these types of grass seeds are almost barb like and once picked up in the fur they can penetrate the skin and travel through tissue so it was very lucky these were removed when they were.
His ear canal was flushed with saline to remove any debris before the Haematoma was drained by placing a needle inbetween the skin and cartilage of the pinna and slowly withdrawing 30mls of the fluid via a syringe. The nurses then placed a head bandage on Charlie to put some pressure on his ear to help prevent the haematoma from reoccurring.
After all his treatment it is safe to say Charlie will be staying away from the tall grass for now. For more information on grass seed prevent and information head over to our original blog HERE