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    Default Grass seeds in ears

    We're having grass seeds issues as always this time of the year. ... Last yaer Rox had one of these things go down her ear channel. After a couple of days of head shaking we took er to the Vet. They had to put her under to get the thing out. Result: a 300 $$ bill and a very groggy and unhappy dog.

    This year it's Neros turn. This morning he got something down his ear when he was chasing the ball in the high grass. It must be a grass seed or something else tiny because I can't see anything. Usually he is a big wuss and the fact that he not only lets me look at his ear but also poke around in it, shows how desperate the poor dog is to get out whatever is stuck in there. I'm giving it a day or so to see if he can get rid of it himself but if he doesn't it's going to be another trip to the Vets... *grind*

    It's not only about the money - but more about the drama associated because he HATES the Vet.

    So, is there anything I can do myself? Does anyone have ideas/experiences with how to get stuff out of dogs ears????

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    I have terrible grass seed problems every year and have also had the grass seed in ear problems and in my experience they dont come out by themselves and will stay there untill removed. This year I went over every dog every day checking for seeds. I also avoided long grass untill the seeds had dropped. Actually I still avoid any long grass because of the snake danger.

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    Might be easier for the vet to get out before he wedges it down there with his foot.

    I don't chuck the ball / Frisbee / toy into the long grass with the seeds if I can help it. And we're over due with the weed killer...

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    'margoo' - it sounds like a vet visit is very much needed here.

    The problem with grass seeds is that they burrow into the skin wherever they are and move deeper - causing a really bad problem.

    I use a magnifying glass and a really strong light if it is early on when I first notice the head shaking - if not - then I am off to the vet quick smart !

    Good Luck !

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    It's kind of impossible to avoid grass seeds all together. Nobody cuts the grass in the reserves where we walk the dogs and while I don't throw the ball deliberately into the high grass often enough it just goes there regardless. At least we didn't have any problems with snakes this year because the weather is so awful...

    Last night when I got home he was still shaking his head but after our walk (and another swim in the dam) he pretty much stopped. He also doesn't have his head tilted anymore and slept all night. So I'll watch him another day or so and cross my fingers that he ...maybe ... washed it out when he thrashed around in the water.

    These grass seeds are horrible. I spend about 40 minutes every night just to remove these stupid seeds. Especially the little ones are horrible, they get burried so deep in Neros coat that I can hardly get them out using only my fingers. Nero doesn't like me either poking around in his coat and I have to present him every single seed for thorough inspection after I dug it out. I find the defurminator a very useful tool... but ears are a completely different story of course

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    Could be worse - you could be tick hunting.

    I was so paranoid with Frosty in QLD. She did not get to go play in the long grass at all - if there was any of that around - she stayed on lead.

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    Very true... !

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