Spring's Pains in the Grass
In Spring one of the biggest pains in the grass would have to be grass seeds that can get into your pets’ coat and cause all sorts of problems.
Grass seeds are a real problem as the weather changes. They can get into your pets’ coat, their ears, eyes and their paws, and the problems don’t stop there.
Unless these grass seeds are found and removed they can slowly burrow their way into the skin, and once there they can travel through the animals’ body, causing infections and nasty complications.
But grass seeds are everywhere in Australia in the late spring and summer, so how do we deal with them.
Well the best way - as always - is prevention, and there are two simple things that you can do to help protect your pet from these pains in the grass.
Firstly, keep your lawn or yard area neat, tidy and well trimmed. Grass seeds appear more commonly in longer grasses that are encouraging their own propagation. Freshly mown grasses and lawns are much less likely to have grass seeds hanging about, looking for a fresh coat to latch onto.
Secondly, you can brush your pets’ coat regularly. A grass seed in the fur isn’t a disaster - just an inconvenience - and one that can be dealt with by making sure your pets’ coat is brushed, especially after they’ve been outside playing.
Catching grass seeds while they are still in the animal’s coat, rather then when they have started to embed themselves in skin is much easier - and prevents the serious health issues that ensue when the seeds begin to dig their way in.
Now, we can’t stress enough how important it is to keep on top of grass seeds attaching to your pet - not just for their health and comfort, but also for the health and comfort of your wallet.
A brush might cost anywhere between $5 for a basic model right up to $100 for a top of the line, whamdangle model. But even a gold plated version costs a lot less than the surgery required to remove a grass seed from inside a dog or cat, which could run anywhere from a few hundred dollars up to around $1,500!
That’s why we’re so hot on the idea of prevention - it helps you, your pet and your finances.
So this year, as the weather warms up and the grass starts to sprout those seeds, break out your lawnmower, get hold of a decent pet brush and keep on top of those nasty little pains in the grass!