Grass Seeds and Plant Awns

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At this time of year at Castle Vets we start to see a lot of patients with grass seeds and plant awns embedded in various parts of the body. This article will hopefully help raise awareness on this extremely painful problem.

During the warmer summer months grasses and plants start to dry out and their barbed seeds begin to scatter. These can cause major problems for our pets (especially those with long hair) who often get these seeds caught in their paws, nostrils, ears, eyes and skin.

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Grass seeds and plant awns tend to have ‘one-way’ barbs that are designed to help the seed work its way into the soil and unfortunately for our pets, this also makes them quite efficient at working their way through the fur and then into the skin of the animal. If they are not found and removed quickly, these seeds and awns have been known to…

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