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Grass Seed Dangers in Dogs

Common Problems, Dogs, Pets, Spring

Grass-seed season: medical problems caused by grass seeds peak in spring…

Most dogs love to run and play in the yard, but for some, it can end up being a less-than-pleasant experience. Grass seed wounds – if ignored they can cause a lot of pain and irritation.

 

Why do grass seeds cause problems?

The body recognises the grass seed as foreign and tries to wall it off and remove it. The grass seeds also naturally carry bacteria, which cause infection. This creates a strong inflammatory reaction, with pain, swelling, and pus. It is not uncommon for dogs to have multiple grass seeds embedded under the skin. A common site is the paw. This shows up as a red, painful swelling on the foot, sometimes oozing pus. It will usually be quite painful and the dog will lick it a lot.

Another common site on the skin is around the head and neck. As well as piercing the skin, grass seeds can enter the body via the ears, eyes, nose, throat, vagina, and intestines.

Dogs are always sniffing with their noses to the ground. Grass seeds frequently get snorted up the nose or inhaled down the windpipe. Once inside the body, the seeds migrate. The seeds will take the path of least resistance.

What are the signs of grass seed wounds?

Depending on where the grass seed penetrates or enters the body, a variety of different symptoms would make it apparent that your dog or cat may have a grass seed invasion.

Keep in mind, wherever it breaks the skin, there will be an infection on the skin including redness and swelling. If you spot this then immediately take action and head straight to your Fur Life Vet.

Grass Seeds in dog's ears

  • Head shaking
  • Redness and painful to touch
  • Holding the head to one side
  • Loss of balance

Grass seeds in dog's paw

  • Licking at the toes
  • Red, swollen area on the foot and between toes
  • Limping or holding the leg up

Grass seed in dog's skin

  • Swollen, red lump, with blood or pus
  • Dog licking continually at site
  • Grass seed sticking out from skin

Grass seeds in dog's eye

  • Swollen, red eye
  • Excessive tear production
  • Rubbing eye
  • Squinting

grass seed in dog's nose

  • Repeated sneezing
  • Bloody discharge from nostril
  • Rubbing face on the ground
  • Difficulty breathing

grass seeds in dog's genitals

  • Licking at the site
  • Difficulty peeing
  • Blood in urine

 

Treatment for grass seed in dogs

The best way to prevent injury from grass seed in dogs is to find and remove them as quickly as possible. For example, a grass seed in the eye can cause serious damage to the cornea if left untreated. Unfortunately, however, removal is not always straightforward.

It’s likely your Fur Life Vet will carry out a full physical examination of your pet to confirm the diagnosis before getting to work on removing the offending seed. If it’s close to the surface of the skin and easily accessible they may use a specially-designed pair of tweezers to do this.

If your vet suspects a grass seed is lodged too deeply, is in a particularly sensitive area, or there is pus or blood oozing out of a wound, they may need to sedate your dog. If a grass seed is thought to be the source of pain or infection but cannot be found, surgery may be required.

3. Prevention for grass seeds in dogs

Avoid long grass in the warmer months keep your lawn tidy and check your dog thoroughly after a walk, by running your fingers through their fur and checking inside the ears, in between the toes, and in the mouth and eyes.

Even if your dog shows no signs of grass wounds, watch out for symptoms. If your dog develops any of the symptoms listed above — limit your dog’s exposure to long grass – and consult your Fur Life Vet right away.

Check out some of our previous posts on What’s in a sneeze? & Long Grass.

How to enter

Simply share a photo on your Facebook page of your dog rugged up for winter or enjoying the winter sunshine and use the hashtag relevant to your state.

What you can win

There will be three prizes in total – one for QLD entrants and two prizes for entrants from VIC, NSW and TAS combined prize. Each prize includes a winter pet pack to the value of $100.

Click on your state to reveal the hashtag you need to use to enter!

QLD Residents

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Terms & Conditions

Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these conditions. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these conditions. Entries must comply with these conditions to be valid.

Entry is open to Australian residents that meet the competition requirements outlined below during the Competition period 1 June 2022 – 31 August 2022. Employees and their immediate families of the Promoter and its agencies associated with this competition are ineligible to enter.

To enter, each entrant must, during the Entry Period, upload a photo of their pet rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes to social media (on their personal profile) and use the hashtag corresponding to the state they are in (e.g. #furlifevetVIC, #furlifevetNSW, #furlifevetQLD, #furlifevetTAS).

Winner of the competition will be determined by:

  1. Appropriate photo uploaded (photo of their pet rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes to social media (on their personal profile)
  2. Relevant hashtag used (state residing in: #furlifevetVIC, #furlifevetNSW, #furlifevetQLD, #furlifevetTAS)
  3. Number of likes (photo with highest number of likes at end of competition period with all other criteria completed will win)

The competition will close for entries Wednesday, 31 August 2022 at 12:00pm [AEST]. Failure to meet any of the competition requirements will deem entry invalid and will not be eligible to win.

There will be three prizes in total – one for QLD entrants and two prizes for entrants from VIC, NSW and TAS combined.

 

Competition requirements:

Entrants must be a current client of a participating Apiam/Fur Life Vet clinic.

Entries must be received by the Promoter during the Entry Period. Entries received after 12:00pm [AEST] 31 August 2022 not be accepted.

The competition commences at 00:01 [AEST] on 01/06/2022 and closes at 12:00 [AEDT] 31/08/2022.

Queensland prize includes a pet pack to the value of $100.00.

Victorian, New South Wales, and Tasmanian prize includes two separate pet packs to the value of $100.00.

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The winner will be notified by email on or by 10/09/2022.

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