Foxtails Why these Weeds are Dangerous for your Dogs by doglover88


Foxtails

Why these Weeds are Dangerous for your Dogs

foxtails

Have you ever seen weeds that look like these? They are called foxtails. You might see them in a field, along the side of a road or sidewalk, or even in your yard.

You may have seen them while walking your dog or or out for a hike.

Here’s what foxtails look like up close. If the foxtails are green, you don’t need to be concerned. But soon, they will dry out and can cause problems for your dog.

green foxtail

green foxtail

Foxtails

When foxtails dry out, they look like these. These are the seeds that will travel places and make more foxtails grow.

But when they are dry, they become stiff and very sharp. They can get caught between your dog’s toes or get stuck in their fur and skin. They also can get into your dog’s ear or travel up his nose.

If this happens, you may need to see a veterinarian to help get the foxtail out.

foxtails

The best way to protect your dog is to watch for foxtails when you go for walks around weeds. Stay away from them if you can.

Next, give your dog a good check-up after your walk by looking for anything that may be stuck in his fur or skin.

Here are some signs that your dog may have a foxtail caught somewhere:

Continuous sneezing,
Pawing at nose, ears, or eyes,
Bleeding from nostril,

Tilting and shaking head,
Can’t open eye all the way,
Eye is tearing,
Gagging,
Whining or crying.

So take good care of your dog, and
have a great summer!

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6 responses to “Foxtails Why these Weeds are Dangerous for your Dogs by doglover88

  1. Such a good article!! We are very, very careful, yet we’ve had one or more of our dogs get one, and they are extremely dangerous as they don’t dissolve and keep traveling forward. They are barbed in such a way as not to be easily pulled out, but to VERY easily travel forward!! Once inside a dog’s body, they will keep traveling and can even damage organs. If you live where foxtails are a problem, check your dog daily to prevent tragedy!

  2. Great article!!! Thank you :)))

  3. SUSIE LOBO +ASHLEY

    THANKS FOR THE INFO. MOMMY NEVER KNEW THIS

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