Can Your Grass Kill Your Dog? Here's What You Should Know

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Dogs are expected to run around the house and explore stuff. One cannot be too careful these days even with necessary protection against harmful natural elements. Harmful animals and disease causing microorganisms can be found aplenty in the yard and around the house, especially in the suburb areas. Grass is one such thing which is completely safe for humans but it can be extremely harmful for your dog. It can even be life-threatening and must be taken care of. Here’s how grasses can be harmful:

Awns

Awns are known by a variety of different names - timothy, cheat grass, foxtails, June grass or Downy Brome. Awns are bristle-like appendages growing on a variety of different grass and attach themselves to animal bodies. Awns travel from one place to the other by clinging to animal coat. However, the relationship is not a symbiotic one as the sharp appendages sometimes cut through the skin and tissue of dogs. It can cause a variety of skin disease and although they are not life-threatening, wounds can sometimes go unnoticed due to their size. Wounds can be exposed to a variety of different disease causing microorganisms.

Animals

Dogs in a city don’t have to worry about different animals invading the backyard. However, those living in suburbs are exposed to different creatures like racoons, skunks, porcupines and squirrels to name a few. These animals may not directly cause any harm but they do spread disease and infections which can be dangerous for your dog. These animals usually take shelter amidst long grasses where they get food and shelter.

Diseases

Fleas and ticks love to stay in dark places where the sunlight doesn’t reach them. It is not surprising to find a population of them near grass roots or in grasses in shady places. Fleas and ticks are a menace and must be eradicated. You wouldn’t want your dog to scratch the skin of his/her back. Keep the grasses trimmed and don’t let them grow everywhere. Additionally, spray chemicals that kill fleas but are safe for your dog.

Conclusion

Grasses might look safe and harmless but there are many dangers lurking within them. Be it lawns, animals or diseases, grasses are not as safe as you might think them to be. Some can be even life-threatening to your dog. It’s best to keep your dog away from areas of long and thick grasses. Keep your grasses trimmed and spray chemicals which are safe for you and your dog. Additionally, take your dog to the vet if you suspect any problem. Look for cuts and bruises on the body as small unnoticeable wounds are thriving grounds for many microorganisms.

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