Morley – August 2017
This gorgeous girl is Madge, who is the Morley surgery Pet of the Month for August 2017.
Madge came to see us when her owner noticed that she had started vigorously licking her paw. During a closer inspection, the vet identified inflammation and swelling between her toes. We then decided that Madge would benefit from an x-ray and a more in-depth examination of her foot.
Once we were able to clip the fur from Madge’s foot and give it a good clean, we discovered two small wounds. After examining the first wound closely, we discovered that a grass seed had become embedded between her toes, and worked its way up underneath the skin on her foot. With a little encouragement, we were able to extract the grass seed from this wound. A closer inspection of the second wound revealed that the two areas were linked, and this second wound had been made as the grass seed had travelled up her foot. After removing the grass seed, we flushed both wounds with sterile saline. This ensured that there was no more foreign material trapped. We then applied a bandage for protection.
Unfortunately this time of year we see grass seed problems increase. Grass seeds have a pointed end and a bristly texture. This structure is what makes them dangerous for pets. The sharp end helps them to penetrate the skin, and the bristles encourage them to migrate through the body. Long haired breeds and dogs who enjoy running through fields of long grass are most at risk. It is worth noting, however, that all dogs and occasionally even cats and rabbits can suffer from grass seed issues. Please check your dog’s fur after their walks.
After behaving so well throughout her treatment, we think Madge is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award. Well done Madge! We hope you are feeling much better now.