What are foxtails?
Foxtails, also known as grass awns, are a type of grass seed that can be found in many areas throughout the United States. These seeds have barbed ends that allow them to easily stick to fur or skin and can cause serious health problems for your dog if not removed.
Where do foxtails hide?
Foxtails can be found in tall grasses, along pathways and trails, and even on beaches. They tend to thrive in dry climates and can be especially common during the summer months. Be sure to inspect your dog’s paws, ears, nose, and fur after any outdoor activity.
How do I protect my dog from foxtails?
One of the easiest ways to protect your dog from foxtail is by keeping them away from areas where they are likely to grow. Stick to well-maintained paths when walking with your pet or consider using booties or socks for their paws. Regular grooming practices such as brushing coat will help remove any potential foxtail before it has a chance of burrowing into their skin.
What do I do if my dog gets a foxtail?
If you suspect that your dog has picked up a foxtail seed, consult with veterinarian right away. The longer this foreign body stays undetected inside the infection site (skin), more inflammation will occur resulting delayed wound healing process leading towards severe infections like Abscess formation etc.. In some cases surgery may needed which could result in costly veterinary bills so early diagnosis is important here.
By being aware of where these pesky seeds hide out and taking preventative measures such as checking over your pup after activities outside , you’ll set both yourself & furry friend up for happy adventures without risk of getting affected by harmful fox tails!