Foxtail Fallout

Foxtails are very common in Northern Nevada and also very abundant because of our wet winter. But they can also pose a problem for you dog.

Sophie is a one and a half year old Schnauzer. She's very energetic. But a couple of weeks ago, her owner Cindy Kennedy noticed something was wrong with Sophie's eye. Cindy Kennedy is Sophie's owner, she says the dogs eyes started watering a lot so we took her to the vet and come to find out it was just a secondary problem that the main problem was foxtails in her ears.

During the early spring they grow a light green, but as time goes on they tend to dry out, and that's when they can cause harm to your dog.

Dr. Maureen Adams a Veterinarian says "What makes foxtails so insidious, is that they can actually, once they lodge in they are almost animated in that they will work their way through the flesh."

Dr. Adams says the practice sees between four to six dogs a day with foxtail problems. She says foxtails can make their way in between the dogs toes and cause sores that eventually open and bleed, in Sophie's case the foxtails worked their way inside the ear the only way to find them is with a special instrument and then with the dog under anesthesia they can be removed, but foxtails can cause even bigger problems.

Dr. Maureen Adams: "They inhale it or they swallow it and it can cause a pulmonary infection that could very well result in the loss of a lung."

Foxtails season will be around for quite some time. Dr. Adams says its best to examine your dog frequently and look for signs like bleeding paws, or pawing the ears.