This year has been an exceptionally dry weather year. We did not get much rain over winter and the drought through northern and central Australia has been very severe. With drier weather the grasses tend to dry off quicker and leave many more grass seeds around. These grass seeds can cause problems for our pets.
When a dog runs through a paddock that has grass with many grass seeds present there is a high chance these seeds will attach to the dog fur and this can cause problems.
Once a grass seed is attached it will keep working its way in- this means it will work its way into skin folds and eventually in under the skin. The most common place for this to occur is between toes and under the front legs. Another popular place for grass seeds to lodge is in dog’s ears and occasionally we will even see them in under dog’s eyelids.
It is therefore advised that you thoroughly check your dogs after they have been through any long grass or on a walk where there is the possibility of grass seeds being around. This means running your hands over their fur and trying to find any grass seeds that may be stuck, also checking between the toes and under the feet.
If your dog is constantly out in grass seed areas you may consider getting them clipped back so the seeds are less likely to attach to the fur and therefore less likely to cause an issue.
Unfortunately this may not stop them lodging in an eye or ear. If your dog is shaking their head after being in the paddock or suddenly holding their eye shut then they may need a trip to the vet to find what is causing the issue.