Galileo’s pierced nose
In the photo is the 5-centimetre-long object extracted from Galileo’s nose under general anaesthetic.
It’s almost unbelievable that such a thing could have gone up one of his tiny nostrils and lodged there – and how uncomfortable!
It was just beginning to cause an infection but we caught it in time.
These seeds, from a type of grass called brome, are everywhere here in summer.
They’re called ‘forasacchi’ in Italian which means ‘sack-piercers’ because they poke through bags of hay.
They’re a great problem for dogs because they can pierce any part of their bodies, and they’re consequently well known to vets.