Foxtail plants can be risky for your dog. The barbed seed heads of the foxtail plant can work their way into any part of your dog or cat, from the nose to between the toes and inside the ears, eyes, and mouth. They can even simply dig themselves directly into a patch of skin. The foxtail plant is a grass-like weed.
How do you know if your dog has a foxtail?
Signs Your Pet Has a Foxtail
Check for foxtails if you notice swelling or limping or if your dog is constantly licking the area. If your pooch is shaking his head, tilting it to the side, or scratching hs ear incessantly, it could be the sign of a foxtail – one that may be so deep inside the ear canal you can’t see it.
Can a dog sneeze out a foxtail?
Grass seeds, foxtails or just about anything your dog can fit up that nostril can become lodged in the tender inner lining of the nose, causing irritation and subsequent sneezing fits.
How much does it cost to get a foxtail removed?
Foxtails can sometimes be removed without sedation from the ears of cooperative dogs, according to Laura McGilvray, practice manager of Napa Small Animal Hospital. She said foxtail removal can cost between $250 and $450, roughly.