Common Names: Spear Grass, Squirreltail Grass,

Wild Barley

Scientific Name: Hordeum Jubatum-Poaceae

Harmful Too: Dogs + Cats

Symptoms: Tilting of the head (seed in the ear),

scratching or licking (especially paws), nasal discharge,

 limping, lump on the skin, violent repetitive sneezing,

loss of appetite

Cause: The seeds of the grass are spikey on the end and when pushed against the fur or into the skin it can cause great discomfort and sometimes lead to infection. Pets can also inhale the seeds causing them to get lodged in the nasal passage. Check their paws (between toes), look in ears, brush through the fur with hands to locate seed or bump where the seed was lodged.


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