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Grass Seeds and Floofy Paws: Summer Woes

Obi with a grass seed in his paw wearing a sock and cone of shame.

I hope you and your furry friends have had a great summer. Have you had the same issue as us with the grass seeds though? Obi has the floofiest paws and Every. Single. Summer we have the same ongoing battle with those sneaky grass seeds. It’s not just Obi and Alfie; lots of our dog friends also struggle with these pesky seeds during the warmer months in Valencia and elsewhere, and it’s essential for us pet parents to be aware of the issue (because you usually can’t see them!) so you know how to deal with them.

Obi’s Floofy Paw Dilemma

Obi is a bundle of fluff and head-tilting empathy. Those floofy paws of his are adorable, but they come with a unique challenge during the summer – those tiny, seemingly harmless seeds can easily find their way into the fur between his paw pads, where they get stuck and cause all sorts of problems.

The biggest issue is that you often can’t see these seeds right away. So, you might not even know that your dog has them until they start obsessively licking their paws. This is a telltale sign that something’s amiss, and it’s really essential to take action promptly (take it from us!). Otherwise you’re definitely heading for the cone of shame.

Why Worry About Grass Seeds?

Grass seeds can be more than just a minor nuisance for our doggos. If left untreated, they can lead to various health issues for your dog. Here are a few reasons why you should be concerned:

  1. Infection: The constant licking and chewing can lead to open sores, which are a breeding ground for bacteria. This can result in painful infections that require medical attention.
  2. Discomfort: Grass seeds can cause irritation, pain, and discomfort for your dog, making it difficult for them to walk or play as they normally would.
  3. Migration: Grass seeds have a sneaky habit of migrating deeper into the paw, which can make them even harder to remove.

Dealing with Grass Seeds

So, how can we help our furry doggos when they have these grass seed troubles? Here are some of the best pieces of advice we’ve picked up along the way:

  1. Regular Paw Checks – Make it a habit to inspect your dog’s paws regularly, especially after walks in grassy areas. Gently part the fur between the paw pads and look for any signs of grass seeds.
  2. Keep Paw Fur Trimmed – Trimming the fur around your dog’s paw pads can help prevent grass seeds from getting lodged in their paws in the first place.
  3. Avoid Tall Grass – Try to steer clear of tall grass and overgrown areas during your walks. Shorter grass is less likely to harbour as many seeds.
  4. Protective Gear – Consider using protective dog boots when going on walks, especially in areas with high grass seed populations. This can provide an extra layer of defence and look adorable too.
  5. Consult Your Vet – If you suspect your dog has a grass seed stuck in their paw or if they’re showing signs of infection, chat with your vet. They can safely remove the seed and provide proper treatment.
  6. Prevent Licking – If your dog starts licking their paws excessively, try to distract them with a toy or playtime to prevent further irritation. We usually use a sock which looks super cute and also stops the constant licking.
  7. First Aid – If you spot a grass seed in your dog’s paw and feel confident (don’t be a hero here! Always best to go to your vet if you’re not sure!) in your ability to remove it, do so gently with tweezers. However, if it’s deep or you’re unsure, consult your vet to avoid causing more harm.

Remember, our furry friends rely on us to keep them safe and healthy. By staying vigilant and taking preventive measures, we can help our dogs enjoy a summer free from the discomfort and health risks associated with those troublesome grass seeds.

I hope you both have a wonderful, seed-free rest of your summer!

Has your dog been licking at their paws a lot?

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