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Grass seeds
Every summer many different grasses will shed barb-like seeds that can stick to the
coat of an animal’s body and range in size from a couple of centimetres to only a few
millimetres. In some cases the dart shaped seeds will burrow into the body.
Signs that a grass seed may be present include the following:
Head shaking (
when found in the ear canal
sneezing (
if inhaled into the nasal cavity
coughing (
when found in the airways or lungs
sore eyes or foot licking (
when burrowing
into the foot
Why should grass seeds be removed?
It is important to remove grass seeds, not only because they can cause a lot of irritation
and pain to the animal but also because, in some cases, they can migrate internally.
Deep migration may lead to infections within the chest cavity (
or abdominal
cavity (
both of which are life-threatening conditions, often requiring specialist
treatment. They can also migrate to places such as the spine, causing severe pain and,
potentially, more serious symptoms.
You can help to prevent grass seed problems by:
avoiding walks through fields where seeds are being shed, particularly those in long
grass or grain crops
checking the underside of the ear flap and hair around the ears and toes daily for
seeds, particularly in long haired breeds of dog such as spaniels
combing your dog’s coat to help remove seeds
asking the groomer to clip the hair from the underside of the ear or between the
toes during the summer months, remembering never to use scissors because these
may inadvertently cut your dog’s ear or feet
If you suspect your dog may have a grass seed, then do make an appointment with your
vet.There are many other conditions that can cause similar symptoms to those seen
where grass seeds are involved, so the vet will perform a thorough examination before
deciding how best to investigate or treat your pet.
Willows continues to provide it’s own on-site
emergency out-of-hours cover for our primary clinic clients
and their pets. A vet and a nurse are on the wards providing
continuous in-patient care and emergency cover all through
the night on every night of the year
including weekends and
public holidays. We also have numerous veterinary and nursing
staff on the premises during the day over every weekend and on
every public holiday. If at any time you think your pet needs
emergency treatment, just phone the duty vet for advice and
they will arrange for you to be seen at Willows if this is required.
Every month one of our primary clinician vets gives a guided tour of
the practice, allowing clients and non-clients to have a look
the scenes’
at Willows. You are very welcome to come along and
meet some of the 120 staff who help run the hospital, and you will
have the opportunity to see something of the care, expertise and
state-of-the-art facilities available for all our patients.
To book a place for yourself and friends, or family, go to our website
or alternatively contact reception on
0121 712 7070
Open Evenings...
Out of hours emergency service
and patient care