With long walks out in nature it can be the case that some dogs get grass seeds in their ears, but how can you tell if this has happened? The telltale warning signs to watch for are head shaking and paw licking, especially just after a walk. If your dog is pawing at his head and an ear or licking his paw a lot, he might have grass seed lodged in his ear canal or in-between his paws. Sometimes dogs will also hold their heads to the side in an attempt to shake out the seed. So some basic things can help prevent these becoming an issue. After a walk check your dog all over for anything still stuck – they can become stuck in ears, paws, lips and and eyelids. If your dog keeps licking their paw check for any indication – either a small hole or boil where the grass seed has become imbedded. All breeds with hairy ears and feet are at particular risk from grass seed, but you could take preventative action by avoiding long-grassed areas and keeping the fur around your dog’s ears and feet trimmed short during summertime. If you do think your dog may have a grass seed in their ear canal you should always get in contact with your vet who will investigate and if needed remove under anesthetic alongside antibiotics.