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If your dog is having respiratory issues, digestive problems, or other general signs of illness but a foreign body cannot be found on the exam, then X-rays may be needed. Blood and urine may be tested to see if there is an impact on organ function or blood cells. An ultrasound may also be needed to visualize the inside of the body.
What Are Grass Awns?
If you notice these or any other signs of illness in your dog, contact your veterinarian right away. Let your vet know if your dog has been around tall grasses. The sooner a grass awn is found, the easier it is to treat. Do not wait for the problem to resolve on its own. Grass awns are very unlikely to fall out on their own and usually get worse over time.
Your veterinarian will closely examine your dog, especially the area where the grass awn is embedded (if it can be located). In many cases, the vet will not know if the problem has been caused by a foreign body until further diagnostics are done.
Your dog may need to be sedated if the grass awn is in an area like the mouth or nose, or if the affected area is very painful. Your vet may attempt to remove the grass awn, if possible, while your dog is still under sedation. In some cases, the abscess can be opened and the foreign body removed.
How to identify the plant: The mayapple is a woodland plant that often grows in thick patches or colonies. They have two large lobed leaves per plant, a single white flower where the leaf stalks split, and a small fruit in summer.
Where found: Oaks are found coast to coast in the U.S., and throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Depending on the species, oaks may be found growing in the thickest forests, swamps or open desert land. North America contains the largest number of oak species, with a surprising diversity of 160 species in Mexico.
Where found: Death camas (also known as meadow death camas) grows in the fields, sagebrush slopes, meadows and prairies of the western U.S.
Where found: Black walnut is common in fields, second-growth woods and old farmland east of the Mississippi.
Scientific name: Asclepias syriaca
Burrs, prickles or sticky seeds are some different types of small spikes that you can find on many weeds. They have hooks and easily come off the plant. Some types can even float through the air with a small puff of breeze.
If you get a splinter or another small sharp item stuck in your skin, how do you react? Isn’t it true that it’s extremely uncomfortable and annoying until you get it out? Well, it’s the same with dogs. Any kind of sharp burr that gets lodged in your pet’s skin will start to annoy it. You should be able to tell straight away.
Why do dogs pick up burrs so easily?
This means that these prickles can easily attach themselves to animals’ fur, including your pet’s coat. It can certainly be a problem untangling them from long fur, but that’s not even what you should be worrying about.
There is a more important danger that you should be aware of. Once you know about it, you should make sure that your pet doesn’t go near weeds with a certain type of burr. Why?
Added to this, dogs love nature and plants. It doesn’t even matter if you live in the middle of the city; when dogs see a little patch of weeds or a strip of grass, they go running to it. Unfortunately, it’s very easy to come across this particular danger of sharp burrs, not just in the country but also in parks and strips of nature around the city, where your dog loves to run around.