The Dangers of Grass Seed for Your Dog

The Dangers of Grass Seed for Your Dog

The Dangers of Grass Seed

Grass may seem fairly harmless but it can sometimes be dangerous for your dog, especially in the summer months. If you are planning to walk your dog where there is a lot of long grass, make sure you keep an eye out for grass seeds.  The seeds can be extremely painful and cause a lot of irritation for your dog.

Why are grass seeds a problem for your dog?

Grass seeds are arrow shaped with pointy ends and can easily attach themselves to your dog’s fur and pierce the skin. This is most likely to occur in the foot area but can potentially happen anywhere on the body, including the eyes and ear canal.

If they are able to penetrate the skin, they cause significant pain and can adversely affect movement. In addition to this, they can travel within the body making it a lot harder for them to be successfully removed. In some cases, they have ended up in the chest area.

What are the signs of grass seed injury?

If your dog has been affected by a grass seed injury, they are likely to demonstrate signs of pain and discomfort. For example, you may notice them licking and biting particular areas of their skin.

Where the feet are affected, you may see raised red “boil” areas on your dog’s paws. The paw area may also become sore looking and swollen if a grass seed is able to penetrate into the foot.

If a grass seed has lodged in the ear, your dog may persistently shake their head, rub along the ground and tilt their head to one side in a futile attempt to remove it.

What to do if you think your dog has a grass seed injury

See your vet as soon as possible if you suspect that your dog may have a grass seed injury. The longer it is left in the more potential damage it can do, so it’s best if your pet can be treated as soon as possible after they start to show signs of a grass seed injury.

Preventing grass seed injuries

Grass seed injuries can be very nasty for your dog so it’s always best if you can help them to avoid being affected in the first place.

Some of the steps that you can take to reduce the dangers include:

  • Avoid large areas with long grass.
  • Check your dog’s fur after walks, especially if you have been in areas where grass seed is likely to be evident.
  • Keep your dog’s fur trimmed around areas that could be most easily affected by grass seeds, such as paws, toes and eyes.
  • If you’re worried about injuries to your dog’s paws, consider dog boots for extra protection.