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Summer Dangers – Grass seeds

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
During this time of year, grass seeds are commonly seen in the veterinary industry. These seeds will fall off and embed themselves in a pet’s paw, ears, armpit, nose or skin and can travel under the skin to other parts of the body.

The signs or symptoms will depend on which body part is affected which can be noted below.
  • Grass seed in a pet’s ear
  • Head shaking
  • Reddening to the ear
  • Painful to touch
  • Head tilt
  • Loss of balance
  • Grass seed in pet’s paw
    • Reddening of skin around area
    • Swelling of foot or between toes
    • Limping
    • Licking at affected area
  • Grass seeds in pet’s eyes
    • Increased tear production
    • Rubbing or pawing at the eye
    • Swelling or redness
  • Grass seeds in pet’s nose
    • Repeated sneezing
    • Discharge from the nostril
    • Rubbing face on surfaces
    • Breathing difficulties
  • Grass seeds under skin
    • Licking at site
    • Grass seed visible out of surface of skin
    • Swollen, red lump
    Grass seeds can be prevented by keeping your lawn tidy, checking your dog over after a walk to remove any grass seeds in these most common areas. If your pet is experiencing any of these signs, please contact your vet for an examination as the main concern is they can migrate within your pet’s body.
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    Summer dangers – Water Intoxication and Sand Impaction

    Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
    Water intoxication is fairly uncommon, however it is definite something to be aware of, if your dog spends lots of time swimming or playing in water. Symptoms of water intoxication include:
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Lethargy
    • Abdominal distention
    • Ataxia
    • Weakness
    • Coma
    • Seizures
    • Hypothermia
    • Bradycardia
    Sand impaction is also a condition that can be seen in the summer months. Whilst digging, playing or repeatedly picking up sandy balls and toys, dogs often ingest sand. Sand can cause a blockage called sand impaction. It is advised to try to limit games of fetch on the beach, and make sure your pet has plenty of fresh water.

    In a case, where you think your pet is suffering from either of these causes, please contact your vet immediately for advice
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    Summer Dangers – Flystrike in rabbits

    Don’t forget to check your rabbits bottoms at least twice daily and make sure their housing areas are cleaned regularly, particularly during the very hot weather! During these warmer months, it is really important to protect our bunnies against Flystrike. Flystrike is a condition where flies lay eggs on rabbits and these hatch out into maggots. It can be fatal but it is preventable.

    We recommend using an insecticide spray like F10. Our great tutorial by one our lovely nurses, Tabitha, shows you how to do this. Please note that F10 is toxic to cats so do not apply to cats or where there is interaction between cats and bunnies‼️

    If you have any concerns regarding your rabbits and Flystrike, then please call the surgery on 01908 397777

    Let’s keep our furry friends safe

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    Heatstroke – recognising the signs

    Signs of heatstroke may vary from different animals, however these are the main symptoms to look out for: –

    • Faster, heavier panting
    • Signs of agitation
    • Excessive thirst
    • Excessive drooling
    • Increased pulse / heartbeat
    • Elevated body temperature
    • Weakness or collapse
    • Seizures
    • Unconsciousness

    What to do if you think your pet is suffering from heatstroke?

    If your dog is suffering from heat stroke, they need to have their body temperature lowered gradually.
    • Move your pet to a shaded/cool area
    • Provide your pet with fresh, cool water in small quantities
    • Contact your vet immediately for advice
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    Grass seeds and your pets

    During this time of year, grass seeds are commonly seen in the veterinary industry. These seeds will fall off and embed themselves in a pet’s paw, ears, armpit, nose or skin and can travel under the skin to other parts of the body.

    The signs or symptoms will depend on which body part is affected which can be noted below.
    • Grass seed in a pet’s ear
      • Head shaking
      • Reddening to the ear
      • Painful to touch
      • Head tilt
      • Loss of balance
    • Grass seed in pet’s paw
      • Reddening of skin around area
      • Swelling of foot or between toes
      • Limping
      • Licking at affected area
    • Grass seeds in pet’s eyes
      • Increased tear production
      • Rubbing or pawing at the eye
      • Swelling or redness
    • Grass seeds in pet’s nose
      • Repeated sneezing
      • Discharge from the nostril
      • Rubbing face on surfaces
      • Breathing difficulties
    • Grass seeds under skin
      • Licking at site
      • Grass seed visible out of surface of skin
      • Swollen, red lump
    Grass seeds can be prevented by keeping your lawn tidy, checking your dog over after a walk to remove any grass seeds in these most common areas. If your pet is experiencing any of these signs, please contact your vet for an examination as the main concern is they can migrate within your pet’s body.
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