The dreaded grass seed!

Dog Friendly Adventures Around Epping Forest
July 18, 2017
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The dreaded grass seed!

It’s that time of the year again…. grass seed season is upon us! The days are longer, the weathers better and everyone has the spring of summer in their step. It’s that perfect time to take your dog out, let them off the lead for a little run (or if their recall isn’t good, roam at the end of the extendable lead) and enjoy the freedom of the great outdoors!

Whilst your dog is off exploring to wherever their nose may take them, it’s always a good idea to be vigilant to where they are going. Fields and woodland are often full of grass seeds at this time of the year which can pose a potential hazard to your dogs.

Shaped like tiny darts, these things cause nothing but havoc to your precious pooch. The most common places for them to enter and become embedded in your dog are their paws and ears, however, they are known to affect other areas too. If they become attached amongst the fur in between your dog’s toes, they can then pierce the skin and embed itself within the tissue, causing pain and discomfort. Ears are the second most common place of them causing a problem where they can travel down the ear canal, towards the ear drum.

Keep an eye out for any of these things your dog may be doing, which may suggest they have a grass seed in their paw or ear:

  •  Licking their toes
  •  Their toes may look swollen
  • Swelling
  • Limping or not wanting to put their paw down
  • Shaking their head
  • Scratching their ear
  • Rubbing their head along the floor

There are a few things you can do to try and prevent these happening:

  • Avoid long grass, try to stick to areas where the grass is shorter
  • With long haired dogs, try to keep their fur trimmed, clipped and well-groomed so there is less fur for a seed to attach to. Also makes it easier to see if anything should attach
  • Give your dog an all over check after EVERY walk, and make sure to check in between every toe
  • If you think your dog may have a grass seed somewhere in its body, take them to the vets

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