Grass Seed Season is upon us and dog owners will know that injuries caused by grass seeds are extremely common during the Spring and Summer months. Grass seeds can easily find their way into the eyelids, ears or skin (especially between the toes). The seeds themselves resemble tiny barbed arrow heads, so can easily attach to the fur and then burrow further into your pets’ skin.
How will I know if my dog might have a problem with grass seed?
Below are some of the most common signs that your pet may have been affected by a grass seed:
How can I help my dog avoid grass seed injuries?
It’s important to check and remove any grass seeds from your dog as soon as possible following a walk. If ignored they can cause a lot of pain and irritation – some can even require sedation or general anaesthesia to remove them.
What can I do if my dog gets grass seed in their eye?
Ocryl is a gentle eye cleansing solution which can be used straight from the bottle to flush debris directly from the eye (thanks to its specially shaped nozzle). If your dog likes to burrow their head in long grass, it is useful to use this as part of your daily grooming routine. This will ensure that any grass seeds, pollens (if your dog suffers from hayfever or allergies) or debris are flushed out of the eye and won’t go on to do any harm. Ocryl can also be used long term as a tear stain remover and preventative treatment.
If you think your pet may have a grass seed lodged in their eye, ear or if you think that one may have burrowed into their skin please contact your vet.