A dog who suffered from a mystery swelling in between his toes is back on his paws after surgery.
Springer spaniel Jerry had been licking away at his toe so much that it had become inflamed.
His worried owner booked him a visit to our Hammersmith animal hospital in London, where our vets gave him an examination.
We needed to investigate further and gave Jerry an anaesthetic so we could remove the cause of the problem.
Inside Jerry’s toe, just under the skin, we found the culprit of his discomfort – a grass seed.
Nadine Lock, Chief Veterinary Surgeon at Blue Cross Hammersmith, said: “Grass seeds are a common problem at this time of year. In fact, I removed one from each ear of another dog in the same afternoon that Jerry had his surgery.”
The seed we extracted from Jerry’s toe was about a centimetre long.
These tiny seeds have pointy ends so they easily become trapped in a dog’s fur, and can burrow down through thin tissues into the skin.
They cause much more of a problem in breeds with feathery toes that enjoy bounding through long grass, such as springer spaniels.