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 Post subject: Burrs, burrs, and more burrs...
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:05 am 
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Apparently there is somewhere in my yard that has a weed/plant with those tiny little burrs. My pups came in last night and each have about 100 burrs in their ear fur. :bang :bang :bang Thankfully, they do not seem like they are in pain (unless I am pulling them out of their ears) and are only in their ear fur and not stuck in their paws.

Anyway, I need advice on how to best get rid of the burrs from their fur AND from the yard. It must be a seasonal thing because we have lived here nearly a year and it is just now starting to be a problem.

Has anyone else dealt with this before? HELP!

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 Post subject: Re: Burrs, burrs, and more burrs...
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:14 am 
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Oh, what a pain! and you'll want to get them off the dogs before they rub them into their eyes and paws and... put lots of conditioner on their ears and then you should be able to comb and rinse them out.

As for the yard, find the plant, cut it off at the ground, the pour boiling water on what is left. Be sure to check in a few days, if it's coming back, scald it again.

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 Post subject: Re: Burrs, burrs, and more burrs...
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Found out the clover is the culprit over here. Chck for them!

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 Post subject: Re: Burrs, burrs, and more burrs...
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We get the sticky ones around the edge of our yard, fortunately not the prickly ones. I can remember sitting on the floor watching the Superbowl and pulling them out of Gromit's fur. She had so many that time it took two quarters!

Slow and steady is the best way I've found. I check Gromit routinely, whenever she's sitting next to me. When I find one (some) I just start pulling away any fur that is sticking to the burr, being careful not to tug on the fur, just pull it sideways. The goal is to isolate the burr until there is so little hair around it, you can just slide it off without pulling it. Patience is the key. As long as you're not tugging, your dog will just think she's being petted and shouldn't mind too much.

As far as keeping them out of your yard, your best bet is to keep the yard well mowed. This way, they don't ever have a chance to mature.

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 Post subject: Re: Burrs, burrs, and more burrs...
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Do you mean bur clover? There seam like hundreds of weed with burs ya we get three kind of bur weeds on our walks. In fact I had to pull one out of Oliver's LF pad today, as he started to limp. If you don't know what weed take a sample to a nursery. Then spray that weed and keep the dogs off the grass with weeds for a several weeks. The dead weed will leave more bur seeds in the yard. Then a real good lawn mower will vacuum not a reel mower. Good luck!

Next spring is a great start to get ahead of your weeds before they grow up.

A good shower always works as burs come off where you never even looked.

Chris Gomes has a great idea using a spray bottle and comb.


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 Post subject: Re: Burrs, burrs, and more burrs...
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 8:41 am 
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Thanks, y'all! So many good comments and great advice... :-) Fortunately, we found the weed... now it's just the matter of getting rid of it for good!

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