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A beautiful, yellow-eyed cat receiving treatment. Doug Hall feeding a well-loved client.

Things are never as they seem...

18th September 2009
When the appointment was made for Monty to come in, we thought it was a routine procedure. Little did we know that things were not quite as they seemed. The Staffie, usually lively and happy seemed more subdued that day so we knew it was right for Mr and Mrs Jones to bring him in. It all started with a car journey, they said. Monty had taken up his usual position with his head out the window, ears flapping in the wind and his jowels puffing up like balloons, wagging his tail. Life was good.... until ... suddenly, much to the shock of his parents, he yelped and stuck his head back in and lay on the seat whimpering. As they pondered the different options that could have caused his distress, they rang Douglas to arrange an appointment to see what the problem was. The staff all agreed that it must have been a grass seed that had made its way into his ear.

How wrong they were!

A grass seed was what we expected but he had something else as a surprise, and no wonder he was so bothered. A grasshopper in a dog's ear was a first for everyone at the clinic as well as for Monty.

Grass seeds are a particular problem in the summer and autumn, particularly for long haired dog breeds. The ears are a common site for the grass seeds to become lodged but they often penetrate the skin around the webbing of the feet and migrate under the skin, causing abscesses requiring surgical treatment. It is worth checking paws and ears after a walk to remove the seeds before they disappear!