Foxtails – A Cute Name For a Dangerous Plant

Foxtails – A Cute Name For a Dangerous Plant

Foxtails, named for their resemblance to, well, fox tails, are the name for a group of grasses that have a bushy tip that’s perfect for seed dispersal. Unfortunately, those seeds can disperse in the bodies of our furry friends, which puts dogs and outdoor cats at risk.

 

What you can do:

  • remove any foxtails from your yard
  • avoid areas where foxtails grow
  • check your pet after they’ve been outside

 

Signs to look for:

  • sneezing, runny nose
  • partially closed, reddened eye
  • pawing at ear
  • limping when walking, raised lump on paw
  • gagging, coughing, retching, repeated swallowing

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, contact your vet ASAP, because foxtails need to be surgically removed, and they can be fatal.

 

Sources:

Four Hazards of Foxtails for Pets By Dr. Fiona Caldwell, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best

Beware: It’s Foxtail Season in Colorado by Alta Vista Animal Hospital

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