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13 Nov 2006

Grass seed Danger to Dogs
I have been told that i must check my dog regularly for grass seeds, especially after a walk. The reason for this is that a certian grass seed actually enter the dog's body and when it enters the blood stream the dog can die within days. With this information I checked my two Siberian huskies and were shocked - I took not only many grass seeds off them, I also had to pull it out of their body - where the grass seed was half way into the skin, having made a small puncture and working it's way into the dogs body. One grass seed was already completely into the body, and I could only see a puncture with some blood and a black head. I haad to dig into my dog with a teaser to pull the seed out, which I succeeded to do. My huge concern now is how many seeds was already in my dogs body and want do I need to do now!!!!!!!!
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cybervet

01 Jan 0001

Yes grass seeds can cause severe problems although the dog would be very unlucky to get one into the blood stream. The grass "seeds" have some awns that project backwards and these cause the seed to be propelled forwards and often under the skin. The seeds stick between toes but can also enter in the armpits and around the "private parts". It is sometimes necessary to anaesthetize and animals to remove the seed and unfortunately it can be like "looking for a needle in a haystack" - sometimes the seed cannot be found on the first exploration. If there are small draining tracts that don't close (especially between the toes) one should be suspicious of grass seeds. If antibiotics are given, as soon as the course ends the area will swell and a sinus tract will reappear.
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