Foxtails are a long meadow grass that resemble the tail of a fox. They are often found along paths and roads. In the winter they are soft and green, but in the Spring, the seed heads dry and can become a danger to our dogs. They stick to clothes and fur and can easily become lodged between a dog’s toes, eyes, ears and nose. If they become embedded, they can travel and cause severe infections and abscesses.
Signs and Symptoms of Foxtails:
- Face rubbing
- Swollen, red, squinting eye
- Limping or licking a paw
- Firm, painful swelling
- Head shaking
- Scratching at the ears
Protecting Your Dog from Foxtails:
- Remove weeds from your yard
- When walking or hiking with your dog, avoid grassy areas
- Discourage your dog from eating grass and weeds
- During foxtail season, examine your dog daily. Check underneath the fur, between the toes, in the ears, the armpits and in the groin area.
- Carefully remove any foxtails you see
- See a veterinarian as soon as possible if you think your dog has an embedded foxtail