Grass awns, weed seeds, foxtails, OH MY!! ๐Ÿ™€

These tiny, spiky seeds can cause BIG problems.

๐ŸŒพ What is a grass awn?

Grass awns are hairy, bristle-like, appendages that grow from the ear/flower of barley, rye, and other grasses, and typically flower in June and July. They are also known as foxtails due to their long, unbranched, spike-like flowerheads. Some other colloquial names are: weed seeds, june grass, timothy hay, cheatgrass, and downy brome.

โš ๏ธ Why are they dangerous?

Grass awns can burrow their way under your petโ€™s skin, causing pain and severe inflammation and/or infection.

๐Ÿ‘€ Prevention

Examine your dog after youโ€™ve returned home from a walk or play time outside. A grooming brush can remove a tangled awn from a dogโ€™s coat, and this is a good time to also inspect the dogโ€™s snout, ear flaps, and between its toes for any foreign materials. Keeping the fur between your dogโ€™s toes trimmed will also help.

๐Ÿ• When is it safe to remove a grass awn from my pet?

For best results, remove grass awns from your dogโ€™s coat whenever you see them. If the awn is in your dogโ€™s nose, or has punctured your dogโ€™s body, then a trip to the vet is a MUSTโ€ผ๏ธ Do not attempt to remove the awn yourself, as this could lead to breakage and further issues like infection and inflammation. In the worst case scenario, grass awns in dogs can migrate throughout the dogโ€™s body, causing damage to vital organs, and deteriorating the health of your furry friend.

๐Ÿ’ฌ Summary

Carefully examining your dog after walks and time spent outside is the best defense against grass awns. Call us ASAP at (401) 398-7807 if you suspect that your dog is suffering from the ill effects of coming in contact with them!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Hill & Harbour Veterinary Center.

Published by Hill & Harbour Veterinary Center

Hill & Harbour Veterinary Center provides medical care to small animal and exotic patients. We are devoted to providing a unique client and patient experience centered on our commitment to excellence. Patients can expect to receive cutting-edge, yet compassionate, medical care at our modern facility. Furthermore, our team is focused on education and has exceeded the traditional standard of veterinary training. Our goal is to share this knowledge with our pet owners, so you can make informed decisions about your petโ€™s health and wellness. Indeed, we are โ€œmore than just great medicine.โ€ Hill & Harbour Veterinary Center is devoted to creating an exceptional experience for our clients and pets by focusing on education, building personal relationships, outstanding customer service, and peace of mind.

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