Prevention and Persistence: Win the foxtail war!

  • If you live in an area where foxtails grow, remove weeds from your yard.
  • Keep your dog away from grassy weeds when walking, hiking or hunting. Or, have them wear protective footwear.
  • Discourage your dogs from chewing on grasses.
  • If your pet has been outdoors in an area possibly infested with foxtails…
  • Examine your pet daily. Carefully brush its hair, while feeling for any raised areas on its skin. Check inside and under its ears; check between the toes, under the armpits and in the groin area. Keep long haired and thick coated pets especially well-groomed.
  • If you see a foxtail seed sticking in your pet’s skin, carefully pull it straight out, making sure not to break it off in the process.


    If you think a seed might already embedded in the skin, in a paw, in an eye or an ear, or if a pet who has been eating grass seems to have a throat problem, get it to a veterinarian as soon as possible! Waiting can only make it harder to find, allow it to migrate and become more dangerous, and make treatment more difficult.

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