Dangerous “Schliefhansl”

From May to October the mouses’ barrows bloom in Central Europe, in the vernacular usually called “Schliefhansl”. You can find this ear of grass on roadsides or roadsides, in fields and in settlements. But even in inner cities, the mouse scavengers – e. under trees and on traffic islands. The tiny barley-awned awns of the mouse-barrows are easy to hang on clothing or in the fur of animals, which promotes their proliferation and represents a not to be underestimated risk to the health of four-legged friends. With the help of their barbs, the awns migrate from the fur into the ears, nostrils and paws and cause serious complaints.

Life threatening conditions possible

Dr. Armin Pirker from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna: “Schliefhansl are the classic foreign body in the summer are particularly often affected. If Schliefhansl get stuck in the nose, they cause prolonged watering and one-sided bloody nasal discharge. Sudden violent shaking of the ears with distinct expressions of pain indicates a grief in the ear. By shaking the awn moves in the ear canal further to the eardrum; If this is pierced, it causes purulent otitis media. Awns spiked in the inter-toe area cause lameness with swelling and inflammation of the paw. If “Schliefhansl” are not immediately removed from the vet, they often wander deeper into the tissue with the help of their barbs. And hardly anyone knows that such a Schliefhansl can migrate from the paw to the spinal cord or from the nose through the lungs into the chest. This can lead to life-threatening conditions. Healing is then only possible through a sometimes complex operation. As easy as the diagnosis of the “freshly caught” foreign body is – in the inspection of nose and ear by endoscope or ear mirroring, in the paw with the naked eye – it becomes so difficult when the Schliefhansl has migrated into the tissue: X-rays and ultrasound help not here; Even with computed tomography, these tiny foreign bodies are rarely discovered, as they are often surrounded by dense inflammatory tissue. It is therefore very important to remove awns at the entry port. Pet owners should check paws and pinnae after each walk. To prevent it, it is advisable to keep the hair on the paws and ears short and possibly to shear off the inside of the auricles. “

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