Grass awns

Grass awn

This is the time of year when we see more and more pets, especially dogs, that come to us with signs of injuries associated with grass awns or seeds. These awns have a very sharp tip that can penetrate the skin and, once they are in, the hairs or spines on the surface encourage the awn to effectively burrow deeper. The result can range from a small, unresolving abscess under the skin to massive inflammation and infection following the passage of the awn through the tissues. Common sites for this include: the ears, between the toes and on the flanks. This picture shows an awn emerging from an incision on a cheek abscess.

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