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Time to Beware of Foxtails
Tips on keeping your dogs safe
Foxtails and Dogs

It’s the season, in California and in other states, when foxtails are starting to rear their “ugly” and dangerous seed-heads. These days after our morning walk, and before I load the dogs into the car, I do a complete check-up on them. I need to comb Lola, because she has a shaggy, wired coat, and her high-leaping, coursing style of recreation, attracts burrs, seeds, and unfortunately the worst of them all, foxtails. Checking each toe, paw pads, nose, ears, eyes—I also pat around the other two short hair dogs, attention that they really enjoy. Here are two wellness articles from our two vet bloggers, Shea Cox and Nancy Kay, that will tell you everything you might need to know about keeping your dog safe from these flora pests. There was also a good article in Gun Dog magazine back in 2010. What that piece shows is that foxtails are spreading to other areas of the country.

P.S. A couple days after posting this blog, Charlie, my little Terrier, got one up his nose. Poor guy, he sneezed like mad, and then stopped. Some people believe that the stopping means a dog has expelled the foxtail through sneezing, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Only means that the darn thing has moved further up the nasal passage. It is always wise to have a vet check it out.

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Claudia Kawczynska is The Bark's co-founder and editor in chief. thebark.com
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Submitted by Diane | May 22 2013 |

Easiest way to avoid these - keep your dogs on leash, away from tall grasses and weeds. Make sure your lawn areas are mowed and free of weeds.

Submitted by Robin Vogg | May 24 2013 |

What would be most helpful is to show what a foxtail looks like and a little bit more about the plant.

Submitted by Claudia Kawczynska | May 26 2013 |

See this link to the article by vet Shea Cox.

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