Beware of Foxtails

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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.
foxtail in jacks eye
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!

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  1. that’s evil stuff… Easy had one in his nail bed, the vet had to remove it and there was one infection after another. unbelievable that such a small spiky thing can cause so much mischief…
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  2. I remember your first post about foxtails and have been watchful on our property. I know that we have these in our area, but I haven’t noticed them on our property since J turned everything into grass. These aren’t in the woods; I’ve usually seen them in sunny areas. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Usually sunny dry areas – field grass that just dies. Evil.
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  3. Ouch! I don’t think we have any around here, at least we haven’t seen them or heard anything about them. We do have sand burrs in a few places which are also extremely painful.
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  4. Holy crap! Good that you (and Jack) were persistent and there was a happy ending to this story! Those insidious things can be so troublesome. Living in a high mountain desert, I know all too well about those barbed devils.

  5. We are one of only 7 states that doesn’t have foxtail. That’s weird because we usually have everything that wants to kill you on the bayou. LOL!
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  6. Glad you spotted it and could flush it out! Cash got a tiny thread-sized seedling stuck in his eye. I never saw it but took him to an optomologist in the adjoining state the next day….. they did surgery that same day to remove it. I knew something must be there because he was rubbing, scratching, and his eye was red, along with the tearing. But the veterinary opthamologist used her ‘tools’ to get behind the long strands that connect to the eyeball, way behind what I could have seen, to get it out. It was totally gross behing the eyeball and something I do not care to ever see again!

  7. Gosh, that sounds awful. I’m so glad you got it out and he seems OK. I am afraid of these things. We thought Ace had a foxtail stuck in his last fall but turns out he had a different issue all together. I’m still careful around them though! Yikes.

  8. Oh my gosh how awful! Glad you got it out. It’s terrible when they get into the sinus cavity.
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  9. Like Emma, I don’t think we have any around here. Certainly not in our own yard or the park in town.

    Glad you were able to flush that miserable thing out of Jack’s eye! Poor guy!! How’s he doing otherwise?
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  10. Oh no. I have heard they are really bad in CA. We have them here too in the Fall, but once we get a hard frost, it usually knocks them down.
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