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Foxtails and Spring Hazards

Foxtails and Spring Hazards

At Greenfield Veterinary Clinic in Greenfield, we have patients coming in during the spring due to hazardous plants that they encounter when they're out at dog parks, taking walks, or even just adventuring in the backyard. You can keep your pet safe and get the critical care they need by learning about spring hazards.

The Dangers of Foxtails

Foxtail is a type of grass that resembles a fox's tail, as the name implies. You may be wondering why a simple grass can cause severe problems for your pet. It all comes down to the seeds of this plant. They are incredibly durable and, if inhaled by your dog or cat, won't break down once it's inside the body. Instead, it can create many medical issues for your pets, such as causing infections in the respiratory tract, moving to the brain, and migrating to other parts of the body. This foreign matter can also become embedded in the paws or ears, and the seeds have barbs that allow them to attach to your pet.

The Signs of Foxtail Problems in Pets

The signs of foxtail problems in pets relates to the location of the seeds. For example, if your pet has foxtails embedded in the paws, your pet won't be able to walk properly. They might limp or show reluctance to move as they normally would. If the seed makes its way to the eyes, you'll see discharge and watering, as well as inflammation. Your pet may start coughing if the seeds are caught in the throat or get into the lungs.

Save Your Pet from Spring Hazards

Foxtails require immediate intervention to prevent major infections or even death. Call Greenfield Veterinary Clinic in Greenfield, WI, at (414) 282-5230 if you suspect your pet may be suffering from foxtails or other spring hazards. Our animal hospital handles this problem quite often and you can count on us to help your furry friend when your pet needs us.

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