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:

  • Sneezing
  • Face rubbing
  • Swollen, red, squinting eye
  • Limping or licking a paw
  • Firm, painful swelling
  • Head shaking
  • Scratching at the ears
  • Coughing

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