head dog seeds

Head dog seeds

Grass seeds will find it easier to get into your dog’s coat if it’s thick and especially if it’s matted. Regular brushing is important.

“I have witnessed seeds migrate to the lungs of dogs causing abscesses. These dogs have presented with long term waxing and waning illness which has improved with medication then slowly deteriorated. After further investigation, usually a CT scan, the seed has been found,” Says Sophie.

A poultice may help but it is only to be used whilst waiting to see your vet. Grass seeds may be small, but they can cause huge problems if they are not removed quickly.

How can I prevent grass seeds affecting my dog?

“You should introduce a brush from a young age and use it after your walks to check for seeds. Where appropriate, it may be better to keep the coat shorter in those breeds who appear more prone to picking up grass seeds such as spaniels,” says Sophie.

Remember grass seeds can migrate around the body and end up in worrying places such as the lungs. Therefore, you do not want to use a poultice any longer than overnight, to see if it is able to draw the seed out. Frustratingly the seeds are often barbed so sometimes your vet needs to make a small incision under sedation to remove it.

What problems can grass seeds cause dogs?

“The main areas include in between the toes, inside the ears and under the armpits,” says Sophie and the damage they can do is grisly.

Please check your dog’s coat regularly and pay special attention to the problem areas; keep on top of grooming and maintain good ear health.

Head dog seeds

If your dog is showing any of these signs, contact your vet immediately.

If you’re worried about your dog’s health, always contact your vet immediately!

How can I tell that my dog has been affected by grass seeds?

The second most common place for these seeds to cause problems is down the ear canal. Their uni-directional nature and shape allows the grass seed to work its way from the fur around the ears down along the ear canal, and come to rest right up against the delicate ear drum.

We’re not a veterinary organisation and so we can’t give veterinary advice, but if you’re worried about any of the issues raised in this article, please contact your local vet practice for further information.

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Your vet may try fishing around through the entry hole with a long, specially designed pair of tweezers called ‘crocodile forceps’. As grass seeds are made from vegetable matter they’re invisible on x-ray (unlike bone or metal) so their exact location within the paw is usually a mystery. Sometimes a second hole is detected where the grass seed has already travelled through the entire foot and exited through the other side leaving a narrow empty tunnel, or ‘sinus’, connecting the two.