Foxtail Season starts around May, when the grasses start drying out. Foxtails can be inhaled or they can burrow their way directly through the skin and into the body – where they can potentially cause trauma to the lungs or other organs.
Tips for Foxtail Prevention: Check your dog’s feet daily. Carefully comb your pet’s coat or give them a close whole-body trim during foxtail season Get rid of any foxtails in your yard and avoid walking your pet in areas with foxtails.
Signs of an Internal Foxtail:
NOSE: Sudden extreme sneezing, pawing at the nose, bleeding from the nostril.
EAR: Tilting and shaking of the head, pawing at the ear, crying, moving stiffly.
EYE: Sudden squinting of the eye. Swelling around eye accompanied by tears and mucous discharge.
THROAT: Gagging, retching cough. Compulsive grass eating, stretching neck and swallowing.