Beware of Foxtails
A few years ago I wrote about the dangers of foxtails. I told a story about when foxtails actually benefited us as it allowed us to catch the two strays we’d been after for a few days. One of them (Bernie) had a foxtail between his toes that had festered and swollen his paw so large he couldn’t walk on it anymore. His lameness allowed us to easily catch him and eventually his brother, Tino.
Now I have a new story about foxtails, but this is about their dangers. I pulled this out of Jack’s eye yesterday.
Yep, that big thing. His eye had been bothering him all day – lots of tearing which turned into scratching. I looked at his eye, but didn’t see anything. Finally, after dinner, when he seemed to be more and more bothered by it, I flushed it out with some eye wash. As I wiped away the residue and his tears, this came with it. Must have been stuck in there all day after our morning walk. Poor guy.
It’s sure worth posting a warning about foxtails again, especially at this time of year. They are all over the place here. Be sure and check your dog all over, between their toes, on their belly, in their ears AND in their eyes!