I came across so very important information to share with you re: Foxtail plants and your pets. Do not let your Pet go near Foxtails Plants. Thank you to the www.dogingtonpost.com for posting this information to help us understand the dangers of this Foxtail plant. If your pet comes in contact with Foxtails you really need to examine your pet to make sure that the foxtail is not stuck in their skin. Below is a link for you to read and find out more about this plant. Foxtail is also very dangerous for humans too. Please read this and share it with others. It may save you lots of pain and money in surgery’s.
How Are Foxtails Dangerous to Dogs?
In nature’s sense, foxtails help for plant reseeding. For dogs, however, it creates a whole different set of issues. The moment a dog comes into contact with a loose cluster of foxtail, it can attach to his fur and start to move inward as he moves. The barbs found on the cluster will keep it from falling off the dog’s fur, and the bacterial enzymes will cause the animal’s hair and tissues to break down. Foxtails can work their way into the animal’s body just as how they do in the ground.
This results in a very sick pooch. The degree of his illness will depend on the area where the foxtail has tried to enter, as well as how much damage was done in the process. Foxtails normally enter the animal’s nasal passage, ears, eyes, mouth, and even in the lungs, alongside the backbone, and into the many other parts throughout the dog’s body.
A vet will have to locate the foxtail and get rid of it. If the foxtail has unluckily embedded past the reach of the forceps or tweezers, the pet would need to undergo surgery to take the culprit off his body.
Signs to Watch Out For:
You might want to consider that your dog has picked up a foxtail (1) in the nose if he suddenly sneezes, paws at his nose, and if you see that there is bleeding from his nostril; (2) in the ear/s if your pooch paws at his ear, tilts his head, shakes his head, cries, and or if he displays a stiff gait while walking; (3) in the eye if your pet squints, tears, and shows mucus discharge through his affected eye; and (4) in the mouth if he gags, retches, coughs, eats grass, stretches his neck, and swallows repeatedly.
If you believe that your pet has encountered a foxtail, you would need to immediately seek a veterinary assistance if you cannot successfully remove the foxtail yourself. It is very crucial that you act as quickly as you can since embedded foxtails can result to serious and worse, fatal infections.