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Specialist knowledge for animal lovers - free of charge

Our expertise and many years of experience in dealing with pets are continuously processed in our information series "Animal welfare through proper action". In our free brochures, pet owners and animal lovers will find important tips and tricks for keeping, protecting and caring for our four-legged friends.

The pillar "Education & Information to the Public" includes

- Courses at the SUST Academy
- Public lectures
- Education to the public
- Media work on current animal welfare issues in different countries
- Free distribution of information brochures and flyers
- Free distribution of animal welfare posters
- Animal welfare campaigns
- School campaigns
- Creation, printing and delivery of learning material suitable for children in different languages
- School visits and distribution of learning and information material in different countries and languages

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If you'd like to find out more about all the projects in the pillar of Education & Information to the Public by SUST, please access the German version of the website using your browser's translation extension.

The activities of the Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation are financed exclusively by donations and legacies (no public support).




Underestimated danger!

June 2023

Awns? What is that?
They are the stubborn, nasty little spikes that grow around the seeds and grains of grasses or grains.
The bristly plant particles found on the ears of grains, for example, have small barbs that attach themselves to dog or cat fur, as well as clothing, on contact. During ripening, or harvesting, the awns often come loose and get onto pathways where they can become dangerous to animals.
Due to their barbs, the plant parts can get stuck in various parts of the animal's body or even get INTO THE animal as a foreign body. There they can cause inflammation and damage.
Not only can awns get caught in the ears, they even burrow under the skin where the skin is somewhat thinner. In the area between the toes on the paws, in the nose, but also under the armpits and groin.
Awns penetrate very quickly and are then no longer visible from the outside.
Even awns that are inhaled are quickly no longer visible to the naked eye and often form purulent abscesses.
Does your pet suddenly sneeze frequently or limp and lick its paw? Does your pet scratch its eyes or ears intensively? Does your four-legged friend shake himself constantly or scratch his ear?
Then awns could be responsible.
You should have them removed immediately by a veterinarian, otherwise they can move further up in the tissue and cause great damage through inflammation.
From March to October, pay attention to the above-mentioned behavior after walks and free walks and check the mentioned places regularly, so you save your loved ones a lot of suffering!
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