For this reason we had him cut quite short. Although it was a bit of shock I can tell you... I had no idea I had such a skinny dog.
To show you the kind of thing I am talking about... take a look at these...
Shown here with a one euro coin so you can get some idea of scale. Pretty impressive really. They look almost man made but nope, this is Mother Nature at her best. The corkscrew is designed to screw the seed into the ground powered by the wind blowing the top part of the seed. And they are amazingly good. They certainly burrow deep into Fergus's fur and then can even pierce the skin.
We have to be very conscientious about removing them because infections are all too common from this kind of thing, and apart from the hassle and expense of the vets, the anti-biotics are not good on poor Fergus's belly. A recent dose of antibiotics meant a return journey to the vets and a load more medicine to cure 'dire horrors' if you get my meaning. Having an upset tummy is not fun, even for a dog.
Poor little lamb has had a rough time recently. He had his last tablet tonight and hopefully that is him back to normal now.