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GUNDOG TRAINING

Jemma Clifford

Long grass can be great fun for your dog (or dogs) to hunt in, but during the summer months it can also cause big problems.

Given the chance grass seeds will lodge under a dog’s skin on any part of the body causing painful problems such as abscesses and infections.

To minimise the risk you need to groom regularly and always check their feet after every outing.

Make sure you also comb around the ears because really serious problems can crop up if a seed works its way to the inner ear.

If it’s your own grass out there then the other option is to keep it cut, thus removing the seed heads altogether!

It also makes sense to have your dog’s coat clipped or stripped of long feathering when grass seeds abound to lessen the chances of them getting a hold.