Watch Out for Foxtails!

Thanks to Sassy Girl for barking in to warn us about foxtails. I am so glad to hear that Midge is doing well after her...

Joy  |  Aug 24th 2007


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Thanks to Sassy Girl for barking in to warn us about foxtails. I am so glad to hear that Midge is doing well after her surgery.

Our friend Midge has had “mystery swelling” for the past 3 months come to find out it was due to a foxtail! For those that live in areas that have them, be sure to check out this page.

Here is what the CSU Pomona’s “Dog Owners’ Guide to California Foxtails” has to say about them:



A serious hazard for field dogs, or any dogs in the field, are the hard seed-bearing structures of some kinds of grasses, often called “foxtails”. These structures have sharp points at one end, and microscopic barbs, so that they easily move in the direction of the point, but not the other way. They “work in”, but they don’t “work out”. They can become imbedded in the hair, especially the paws and ears, and in nostrils and even eyes. As they work their way in, they cause infection, and if not treated can sometimes be fatal. Southern California has a number of different grasses with this nasty feature, most of them originally from Mediterranean Europe, and most of them common.

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