Upon examination, Joker’s eye was very inflamed, painful, had lots of discharge and seemed to have swelling under the top eyelid. Joker was given a mild sedation to allow a more in-depth examination. The vet was able to lift up the upper eyelid to see underneath and guess what they found… not one, but three, large grass seeds! The team applied local anaesthetic to the eye so Joker did not feel any pain and the grass seeds were carefully extracted while ensuring they were not embedded in any important structures.
If you ever see a grass seed in your pet's eye, please never attempt to remove it, even if you can grip it. Grass seeds removed the wrong way can severely injury the eye and cause significant pain to your pet.
Prevention of grass seeds can be difficult. In areas such as the eyes, nose and ears the only way of prevention is to keep pets away from long grasses and unkept areas, but even that does not offer 100% protection. For the paws, it is really important to check between each of your dog’s toes and underneath the paws after every walk to ensure no grass seeds have become lodged there. And of course, if you are ever concerned your pet has a grass seed, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
Written by Dr Emily Dearsley - Veterinarian