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Foxtails are grasses with seed awns (the foxtail- shaped tip of the grass blade containing seeds). Foxtails have barbed, razor-sharp needles that are extremely dangerous to our fur kids. Nature designed them to move in one direction—forward. They dig in and they do not dissolve or come out on their own.
Foxtails easily attach themselves to adventurous fur kids and can burrow deeper and deeper with each movement. Foxtails love paws and can easily become embedded (and hidden) between tender toes. They can work their way into ANY part of the body. Foxtail fragments can easily go up the nose and migrate to the brain. Inhaled foxtails can perforate a lung.
Foxtails that go unnoticed can require surgery to be removed. Embedded foxtails can cause discharge, abscesses, swelling, pain, and death.
SAFETY TIPS: Stay out of areas with foxtails and make sure your yard doesn’t contain them. If your pet has mingled with foxtails, make sure to do a thorough inspection afterward: Brush coat, feel every part of the body with hands, and look closely at ears, nose, eyes, underbelly, between toe pads, and underneath collars. Also check inside mouth, around lips, and private parts! Pets can chew on foxtail grasses and get them lodged in gums and throat. They will not dissolve or work their way out!
Any pet can get foxtails, but animals with long fur, long ears, and curly fur can be especially prone to foxtail problems.
Foxtail Grass is common all up and down the West Coast but has also spread across the country, according to the U.S. Forest Service, Foxtails populate ALL but a few states (Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, and South Carolina, and Virginia-but be on the lookout, Foxtails are traveling to other areas).
It’s also found throughout most of Canada, as well as in some areas of Mexico and it has equally lethal counterparts across the globe and goes by other names like, Spear Grass, Wall Barley, Mouse Barley, etc. ( a quick internet search can help you determine what grasses (if any) are dangerous in your area.
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