May 01 2009

Deadly and Dangerous!

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I knew that would get your attention.

Foxtails, Foxtails and more Foxtails.

Yes they are dangerous, and yes they can be deadly.
And, it may just be me, but it sure looks like there are more than ever at the the Bulb this year.

foxtail-seed

The seed of the dried grasses detach from the plant and can easily become lodged between a dogs toes, in its ears, and in its eyes. The seeds are barbed like a fish hook,and can be difficult to remove. Once embedded, foxtail seeds cause severe infections and abscesses.

Foxtail seeds can migrate and lodge in the spine, in the lungs and in other internal organs by entering through the nose, ears, paws, eyes, urethra or just through the skin and travel through the body.

Check your dog after each walk. Check head, neck ears, eyes, nose, mouth, genitals, and between the toes. If your dog repeatedly shakes its head, a foxtail may have entered the ear canal. Sneezing may indicate that a foxtail is in the nasal passage. Repeated licking or scratching in the same area may be due to an embedded foxtail. If you suspect a foxtail, promptly get your dog to a veterinarian.”

Links:
Tips to Minimize Health Risk to Dogs from Foxtail
Foxtails: a serious health problem for dogs in California.
Wikipedia – Foxtails

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Apr 21 2008

The Dangers of Foxtails to Dogs

Published by under Dogs

Once foxtail grasses dry out, the seed detaches easily and sticks readily to fur. Foxtail seeds
can enter a dog’s body in a variety of ways and once they enter, they act like an animated fishhook: the
seed continues to move forward through the dog’s body, and because of tiny barbs, cannot move
backwards. Foxtail sees are tenacious, and can be deadly.

Things to watch for:
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