IT’S TINY, COMMON IN SUMMER AND CAN BE DEADLY TO DOGS. WARNING AFTER SEED FOUND LODGED IN SA POLICE DOG’S SKIN
Source: 9News (Extract)
Posted: February 10, 2023
A much-loved member of South Australia police is preparing to return to the force after a life-threatening battle caused by a lone grass seed.
German Shepherd ‘PD Bandit’ was rushed into surgery in July after his handler noticed the dog had a swollen abdomen.
He was found to have a major infection and had gone into septic shock, with his organs starting to fail, all caused by single grass seed being lodged in his skin.
PD Bandit was placed in intensive care and had a slow recovery, but he has just passed his health checks and is set to begin training to return to work in June.
Grass seeds, which are found across Australia, are a common problem for dogs, particularly in summer, RSPCA ACT has warned.
“They can cause incredible discomfort, infection and in severe cases even death,” a warning message posted on RSCPA ACT Facebook page reads.
“The pointed end of the grass seed can easily become lodged in skin, paws, tails, armpits or groin region.
“However, animals are most susceptible to getting grass seeds in their eyes and ears.”
To keep pets free of grass seeds, the organisation advises pet owners check over their dogs, avoid walking them in long grass and keep them well groomed.
Anyone who suspects their animal has been affected by a grass seed is advised to seek treatment from a vet.
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