Common summertime danger for dogs


Circe Gleeson's dog, Sugar Cube is on the move again, but just a few days ago, she could barely stand.

"It was terrible. I was so sad. We were all so sad," says Gleeson.

She says she first noticed Sugar acting strangely after a normal walk around the park.

"I thought she seemed pretty lethargic. Sitting around, licking her paw nonstop," she says.

By the next day, Sugar wasn't walking anymore, so Gleeson took her to the vet.

The veterinarian removed this from Sugar's paw. A tiny grass seed, smaller than a button. They're known as Grass Awns and are sometimes called foxtails or cheat grass.

"They're basically a seed that comes from multiple different species of grass," says Rose Hill Veterinarian, Dr. Jessica Hodes.

Dr. Hodes says they're like arrows because they go in backwards and once one is in a dog's paw, they can't get back out naturally.

"Worst case scenario they can end up burrowing through the skin, sometimes into the chest, into the abdominal cavity," says Dr. Hodes.

Because they're so hard to see on the ground, vets suggest checking your pet every time you return from a walk.

If you believe your dog might have a Grass Awn in its paw or its body, it's important to take it to the vet immediately.

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