The Evil Foxtails

Preston would like to say a prayer for his best buddy, Milo and hopes he recovers from his surgery quickly.
Poor Milo was attacked by foxtails when walking in the park last weekend. A tiny seed (spikelet) from the foxtail stuck to his paw, traveled into the skin and caused an infection. The vet had to perform surgery to remove the nasty little thing. Ouch!
All the doggies out there watch out for foxtails, stay away from them!
“When a dog comes in contact with a foxtail, the cluster attaches to the dog’s fur and begins to move inward as the dog moves. The barbs on the cluster keep the foxtail from falling off or backing out of the fur, and the enzymes in the foxtail’s bacterium begin to break down the dog’s hair and tissue. The foxtail begins to work its way into the dog’s body, just as it would work its way into the soil had it entered the ground…. Dogs that come into contact with foxtails stand a good chance of having one of these insidious plant pieces work its way into the body. The result can be a very sick dog. The degree of illness depends on the area of the body where the foxtail entered and the amount of damage it has caused. Foxtails can enter the nasal passages, eyes, ears and mouth, and can work their way into the dog’s lungs, along the backbone and into many other locations throughout the body.” (Source:

10 Responses to The Evil Foxtails

  1. Oh no! Poor Milo! I am definitely keeping my paws crossed for a safe and speedy recovery! I didn’t know about Foxtails….I don’t even know if we have them here in Florida….But thanks for the warning!

    Hugs, Bruschi

  2. Eduardo says:

    I’m sorry those evil foxtails got your buddy Preston! We will be praying for him! Thanks for the info about those evil foxtails we will definitly watch out for them.
    Hugs & Snugs
    Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

  3. Clover says:

    Oh no, Preston! I am thinking good thoughts for Milo. Hope he recovers quickly. Bad foxtails!!
    Love Clover xo

  4. Frank & Beans says:

    Hey P.,

    When you talk to Milo, please let him know we are thinking about him and his family. How scary for them. We have seen foxtails. Didn’t know they had a name and sure didn’t know they could be dangerous. Tell your mommy Thank You for letting us all know about them.

    HUGS x 4, (2 For Milo)

    F & B

  5. Puddleglum says:

    Wow! What nasty plants!

    Here in Colorado we have nasty burr plants that stick in our fur and paws, but they don’t try to infect us. Uggh..

    Paws crossed for Milo!

  6. Yikes! Poor Milo! Those bad foxtails! I don’t think I’ve encountered those before…my Mama needs to do more observing around our area to see if those suckers exist. Milo and family must be so scared! I will keep my tail curled for good recovery for Milo. Thank you Preston and Mommy for the good information.


  7. We’re sending lots of AireZen Milo’s way! Those foxtails are evil little buggers! We hope Milo feels better soon!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  8. Franny says:

    That sounds so painful! I hope your friend Milo gets well soon! Thanks for the warning on foxtails… I will stay far, far away from them.

  9. […] To celebrate Milo’s speedy recovery from his foxtail ordeal, Milo and Mina invited Preston over for a slumber party. Uncle Marsh picked up Preston on Friday night. Mommy was sending Preston off. […]

  10. […] First it was Milo, then Preston and now Milo’s sister, Mina, is also limping. Mina’s mommy found a dime-size lump on her knee. The X-ray shows calcium deposit on her joint. According to the vet, it might be caused by a previously undetected injury that did not heal properly. Both the specialist and radiologist they saw did not recommend surgery so Mina will have to live with it. The limping comes and goes but poor Mina has to be refrained from one of her favorite activities, chasing squirrels, for some time. Mina’s mommy is adding glucosamine supplement to her diet. It is not going to make the calcium lump go away but might help her joints in the long run. 500mg/day is a safe dosage recommended by the vet (for 20lb Mina). Preston will be getting glucosamine too! Best wishes to Mina! […]