It's Stay Health Saturday! Many dog owners know that foxtails are a danger to dogs. Their seeds get…
It's Stay Health Saturday! Many dog owners know that foxtails are a danger to dogs. Their seeds get sniffed up into dog noses, work their way into ears, and lodge between a dog's toes. A good place to start is by pulling up the foxtail plants by the roots as soon as they begin to produce their signature plumes in the spring, says Nancy Kerns for the Whole Dog Journal.
Foxtail Grass: Awns of Destruction for Western Dogs | Whole Dog Journal
The seeds of the nasty foxtail grass seem to have a special affinity for invading dogs bodies. The three most common hazards of foxtails to dogs are these: They get sniffed into dog noses, work their way into dog ears, and lodge between dog toes. Each of these sites is a mere port of entry for these sturdy seeds; once inside, they start a relentless crawl forward, traveling deeper into a dog s tissue with every passing hour. They are sometimes found in exploratory surgeries years afterward; the durable seed and awn fibers resist breaking down in the body as if they were made of plastic.