Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Ramsgate, Kent
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Serious Infection Caused By Grass Seed
I am hoping that someone out there may be able to help by way of some advice concerning a serious infection caused by grass seed that is affecting my best mate Fred, a Kerry Blue Terrier.
We noticed the first signs of this infection some six weeks ago whilst doing Fred's twice-daily grooming during which we discovered one of those grass seed 'darts' partially embedded in between the toes of his back right paw. The infection appeared only mild with some slight weeping from the site. Being a bit parenoid as we are with our dogs, we took him to the vet at the first opportunity the following day. By this time the infection was considerably worse, with the paw severely swollen and continuously discharging the infection.
Our vet confirmed that the grass seed had caused the infection and that this was one of a number of cases he was treating locally. Fred was admitted and subsequently underwent surgery to allow the vet to locate the grass seed tip and to thoroughly flush out the infected area. He was unable to find the grass seed, nor did this show up on xray although this was hardly surprising in the circumstances.
He was discharged back into our care with a drain inserted into the paw, painkillers and strong antibiotics. We are now some six weeks on and despite regular visits to the vet every two days to have the dressings changed and different antibiotics administered, there has been little or no improvement. Our visit to the vet this morning, confirmed this. The vet has asked us to bring Fred back to him on Monday when a decision will be made as to the next possible step, whatever that means!!
Naturally, we are very concerned for Fred and just wondered if anyone out there had suffered a similar experience (although we hope not) and could offer some advice and more particularly some hope for a good outcome. Many thanks.