Grass seeds are a common problem, particularly during the summer months. They are attached to the tops of long grass stems and can easily brush off onto your dog during walks. Although tiny, they have the potential to cause real pain to your dog. The seeds have pointy ends and are very sharp so they easily become trapped in a dog’s fur and can burrow down the coat to pierce the skin. Unfortunately, in rare cases, the grass seed can go under the skin and travel to other areas of the body. They have even been known to end up in the chest area. The seeds can also get stuck in eyes and ears. Once they start travelling around the body they can be very difficult to find.
All dogs can be affected by grass seeds, but they cause much more of a problem in breeds with feathery toes that enjoy bounding through long grass, such as springer spaniels. It is a good idea for owners to check the bits of their dogs with long hair, in particular the feet and ears, after exercise – especially if you have walked through areas with long grass.
Your dog may suddenly start shaking their head and pawing at their ear after a walk if they have got one or more seeds down the ear. Sudden onset violent sneezing may mean a seed in the nose.
Check your dog over if you’ve passed through long grass during a walk. If you do notice that your dog has a grass seed then you can contact any of our four surgeries.