Did you know foxtails aren't just another picker in your dogs coat? They are extremely dangerous to your dog - even if they may not look it.
Foxtails can actually move and will keep doing so until they burrow their way into your pets skin.
The danger goes beyond simple irritation. Because these tough seeds don't break down inside the body, an embedded foxtail can lead to serious infection for your dog. It can even lead to death if left untreated.
What to look out for:
Foxtails have sharp, pointy tips and are designed to burrow. The barbs cause the foxtail to cling to fur, and movement of the animal causes the foxtail to burrow into the fur, continuing into the skin. Due to the unique shape of this seed, it's always moving forward — never backward.
It is important to remove any foxtail weeds growing in your backyard as well as checking their entire body/coat after outdoor fun. Be sure to check for foxtails you may have missed if you notice swelling or limping or if your dog is constantly licking a certain area. Foxtails can be found anywhere on your dog - but if your pooch is shaking his head, tilting it to the side, or scratching his ear incessantly, it could be the sign of a foxtail - one that may be so deep inside the ear canal you can't see it. Which means - time for a vet visit!