A very common problem that affects dogs in spring and summer is irritation from grass seeds – especially between the toes or inside the ears or nose.
Signs, if they’re stuck inside the ear, can include head shaking and intense scratching – while, if they’re stuck inside the nose, sometimes the only sign is sneezing.
When they make their way into the space between the toes of a dog, these seeds or awns can be very sharp and will break the skin and burrow inside.
The dog’s movement will then guide them deeper. Once these seeds are deep inside the dog’s skin they often need to be removed surgically because they can migrate and cause serious complications.
It is often very surprising how far they can travel inside the body.
A grass seed that is lodged underneath the skin can be very painful and signs include redness and discomfort.
If your dogs are adventurous on their walks and you think they might be at risk of grass seed injuries, it is recommended that you brush and inspect them carefully after each walk.
This can help detect any grass seeds while they’re still only superficially attached to the fur – and they can thus be removed before any problems occur.
If you have any concerns, contact your veterinary surgery for advice.