Foxtails In Dogs And Cats

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  1. Emmadog says:

    We hear a lot about these. I think we have them, but they are pretty rare if we do, thankfully. Scary stuff.

  2. You are lucky if foxtails are rare in your area, Emma. Some of my favorite hiking trails around where I live have tall grasses with foxtails all along the trails. It scares me to take my golden retriever Savanna hiking in those areas.

  3. Good info here, thank you! I don’t recall seeing them right around our area, but I will definitely keep an eye out!

  4. Thanks, Three Chatty Cats!

  5. Mary says:

    I hate these things. I have a miniature Aussie and she is a magnet for these. I keep her trimmed, especially her feet and try my very best to keep her away from foxtails. If she does happen to get near them I check her thoroughly. I have heard way too many horror stories.

  6. Yes, Mary, foxtails are nasty things. That’s great that you stay on top of it and carefully check your dog if she gets near any foxtail grasses.

  7. We used to walk a lot by the bay where there were TONS of foxtails in the grassy areas up from the beach. I used to always try to keep Rita out of there, especially after a friend had a big bill after his dog sniffed one up his nose! Poor pup! There used to be a guy who would walk the beach selling these little fabric/elastic head pieces to try to keep the foxtails out of dogs’ ears. I assume they worked – and his dogs looked darn cute in them! 🙂

  8. Thanks for sharing, Pooch Smooches. I haven’t seen dog head pieces for foxtails, but I have seen a vest sold commercially that is meant to protect a dog’s chest area. The problem with any kind of covering is that it only protects a small portion of the dog. Avoidance is the best protection against getting foxtails.

  9. Shadow says:

    Wow! I know that case is the extreme, but I never knew foxtails could cause so much damage.

    Shadow the Kayak Cat
    Sarah the Human

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Sarah! Yes, foxtails can be very dangerous.

  11. Tenacious Little Terrier says:

    Mr. N had a foxtail in his paw once. He gets a shorter cut in the summer and I check him over when I brush him.

  12. The short summer cut is a good idea, Tenacious Little Terrier.

  13. Elaine says:

    It’s pretty scary how dangerous these foxtails can be. I’ve been trying to find out if they grow here in Ohio, but from what I can tell, they’re mostly in the Central to Western areas of the US. Thanks for sharing this very valuable information to help keep our pups safe, Rachele!

  14. You’re welcome, Elaine!

  15. I’ve seen a few of them in the bush at the beach, but we never go through stuff like that mainly because there’s no reason to. Now that you’ve educated us, I will always be on the look out for them. Scary stuff – but a must to know for pet families. I shall share to spread the word, You’re the best Rachele!

  16. Thank you, Groovy Goldendoodles!

  17. Cathy Armato says:

    Wow, I can’t believe how dangerous foxtails can be! I didn’t realize they can migrate through the body like that, so scary. Thanks for sharing this information.

  18. You’re welcome, Cathy.

  19. Ali Isaac says:

    Gosh, I’ve never heard of these Rachele! They sound nasty! Indi really loves long grass, and we have a lot of it around, but maybe foxtails are not something we get in Ireland. I’ll be more careful in the future though. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and experience.

  20. You’re welcome, Ali.

  21. Peyton says:

    I have heard of this. I am understanding that my cats probably would not be susceptible to this, since they only get out when they can sneak out the door and we round them up pretty quickly.