Every year at Summerhill we see lots of dogs who have grass seed related injuries. These pesky seeds are designed by nature to stick to anything and everything, so they can be moved on to a new place to grow. Their unidirectional barbs mean once they are attached to your pet’s coat they work their way in towards the skin, if left they will penetrate the skin and cause an abscess. They often migrate under the skin and burst out in another area. The commonest site of entry is in between the paws. If you can’t avoid areas of long grass at this time of the year, make sure you check your dog’s toes after walks. The earlier they are found the easier they are to remove. Grass seeds in ears, eyes or up the nose are extremely painful and need immediate attention from a vet.