We've been hearing that certain parts of the country are having issues with grass seeds in their pets' fur this summer.
Injuries relating to the pesky seeds are a common problem for dogs over the warmer months and can cause life-threatening damage.
It was most common for the seeds to become embedded in a dog's paws, but could be particularly serious if they migrated through the body or became lodged in the animal's lungs.
You should look out for inflammation, swelling and constant licking to tell if a seed had become lodged, with early detection being the key. If the seed has gone into the skin sometimes a vet can catch them but if they've gone right through they'll generally need surgery, That involves trying to track where it goes, flushing it out with saline. Its like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Has you or anyone you know had a problem with grass seeds this year? We've been lucky enough to avoid it so far but one of our dogs has ripped up her pads so she is on light duties for next couple weeks,
We don't have a dog (yet) but I'm spending a huge amount of time picking seeds out of my socks as they work their way over my boots and down to ankle level where they stab me with each step. I'm tempted to start wearing trousers in the paddocks even though it's often 30+ degrees here at the moment. We'll definitely be looking into dog boots when the time comes.