How to remove a foreign body from the legs?

It is not common for foreign bodies such as pebbles, shards of glass or wood, thorns, or ears of grass to sticking to cats and dogs’ legs, causing more or less serious lameness and injury. The spikes, or grass pellets, once entering the skin, generally go deep, forming fistulous pathways. That if they are not treated in time, they can only be removed by surgery.

When the animal begins to limp or it does not fully rest the limb on the ground, it is necessary, first of all, to carefully examine the affected leg without neglecting the interdigital spaces. The only visible sign, most of the time, is a small hole or a small cut.
Once the access of the foreign body identified, it is possible to try to remove it by crushing the edges of the wound. Using some tweezers after cutting the hair around the area. In the event that the attempt is successful, once the extraction is finished, it is advisable to disinfect the wound with hydrogen peroxide and apply an antibiotic ointment for a few days. In case of failure, after applying a bandage go to the veterinarian.

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