Summer woes

Did you know one of the most common skin problems we see during the summer is due to spear grass?

Spear grass is a term we use to describe any of the grasses we see in Kamloops with sharp, hard seeds which ‘hook’ or attach to our pets fur.

Due to the shape and texture of these seeds, they tend to migrate towards the pets skin. Once against the skin, they can puncture the skin and work their way deeper into the tissue.

Common areas we see these pesky seeds is in between the toes and in the ear canals.  Often the area is tender, inflamed and can become infected.

It is not uncommon for heavy sedation or anesthetic to be needed in order to safely remove the embedded spear grass.

 

How can you protect your pet from this summer woe?

  • Avoid walking in areas full of these grasses when the grass is dry and has gone to seed. Once the seeds have fallen, it is best to avoid these areas till the snow covers the grass seeds or have your pet wear protective foot booties.
  • Comb your pet regularly, especially after being in an area with spear grass. remembering to pay extra attention to the ears and paws. Being careful to watch/feel for any seeds ‘tangled’ in their fur.
  • Clean your yard of any of the common spear grasses in our area to avoid extra exposure to your pet.

If you do notice your pet licking their paw, a specific area of their body, shaking their head or pawing at an ear; be sure to call us. It is very important to remove these grass seeds before they migrate into tissues of the body!

 

Pet Day April 11, 2018

Did you know April 11 is Pet Day?

It is a day to show your pet some extra love!

Here’s some ideas on how to spoil your pet on Pet Day:

  • teach them a new trick
  • play their favorite game (fetch, hide and seek, running)
  • go for a hike together
  • spend some time outside watching the birds (cats on leash or in enclosed area for safety)
  • a new toy
  • a new bed, blanket or brush
  • fresh treat
  • quality time brushing and cuddling
  • meet some ‘doggy friends’ for a hike or park play date

What if you don’t have a pet to spoil on Pet Day?

Don’t fret if you don’t have a pet of your own on Pet Day! There are many pets without homes in shelters, rescues or on the street.  Adopt a pet on Pet Day if your family is ready to make a permanent family addition.  If you’re not quite ready or able to adopt a pet friend, consider helping these pets out by making a donation (monetary, food or toy).