If you have a dog or a cat, pay attention to the spikelets. This dry grass that is proliferating at the moment can be very dangerous for your pet. To avoid serious lesions, rapid veterinary care is necessary.
“They can get in the eyes, in the ears, it can be in the throat… so it can be very embarrassing”, points a dog owner. Spikelets are small ears which, while drying, become detached from their stem. It is a real danger for dogs and cats in this period.
Salvatore is well aware of this… After each walk, he inspects his dog Zirca. “We pay attention to the level of the legs, the ears, the back… We look at a little bit of everything. We make him do his little check every time we walk”explains the master of Zirca.
Emilie is also very vigilant. She has already had a bad experience with her previous dog. “Mine, I don’t have too much of a problem. But the other one, it’s true that he’s already had several in his legs. There’s one, once, that had gone up a long way, so we had to go get it. I had gone to the clinic. In the ears, I haven’t had a problem yet, but the paws, I know well”she says.
Every year, at the same time, Dr. Marlier sees dogs and cats with infections in their paws or an orifice. In question very often the spikelets. “It tends to go into certain cavities, so either inside the ears. Sometimes we find some that go squarely inside the dog’s eyes. Sometimes we find them quite deep and the only sign that we have , it’s conjunctivitis or a discharge from the eye. It can also possibly sink into the mouth, it can go far into the mouth or towards the trachea. Or, the most frequent, it is rather between the paws. The spikelet enters between the fingers of the dogs”develops Abire Marlier-Kambia, veterinarian.
Often difficult to spot by the owner, these small ears can cause serious injuries. “When it goes into the eye, it can go as far as loss of the eye if you don’t come and remove the spikelet because it can completely perforate the eye. It can cause respiratory damage if it goes inside. inside the trachea and it goes down to the lungs. And then at the level of the pasta, it can create recurring abscesses, which means that we are sometimes obliged to remove the spikelet surgically “continues the veterinarian.
In the event of a problem, it is advisable to consult your veterinarian directly, who can put the animal to sleep to remove the spikelet, without breaking it.