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    Mar 2016
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    Foxtails and Dogs

    I think most people that have outdoor dogs have had to deal with foxtail injuries at least once or twice. In my area, the local vets are closed Sat. and Sun. (sometimes even on Friday).

    1.) When it concerns injuries to the paw..NEVER wait to see if it gets better.
    2.) Always take the dog to the vet the day you know you have a problem. Even if that means having to drive a couple hours on the weekend.
    3.) Always try to flush the foxtail wound out with a syringe of hydrogen peroxide.
    4.) Always keep a dog with a paw injury out of the dirt (in the house or garage).
    5.) Always stay on an antibiotic regiment, even if it means the dog will not eat for 3 or 4 days. There are shots they can give them to help with nausea. Going off antibiotics..waiting a few days for nausea to go away, then switching antibiotics is not a good plan.

    Lastly if you have foxtails in your yard where your pet spends most of its time. Spray them several times a year with herbicide until they are gone. Weed trimming or mowing is not enough.
    Check your dogs paws daily this time of year.

    Tetanus infection is a real risk with foxtail injuries. 3/4 of the cases of tetanus are related to foxtail injuries. 50% of those cases progress to a severe state of paralysis which is generally fatal one way or another.

    Tetanus is a bacteria that persists in the soil as a spore (unrelated to rust or livestock feces).
    It only survives in a low oxygen environment (buried in the soil).

    A puncture wound provides the optimal place to flourish.

    Foxtails can be deadly to dogs.
    Last edited by IMAUDIGGER; Aug 05, 2019 at 12:56 PM.
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    Mar 2016
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    Unfortunately I just lost a buddy to a foxtail.
    Skip a couple of those suggestions and you probably will still get by ok.

    I think nearly every time a dog has gotten a foxtail, I notice it Friday after work and can't get to vet until Monday. It's always been fine. I noticed limping on Friday (but no licking or visible swelling)..knew it was a foxtail on Saturday evening. Vet on Monday.

    Tetanus is the huge risk you run. IF you can catch it early with antibiotics, the effects of the toxins will likely be much less.
    Last edited by IMAUDIGGER; Aug 05, 2019 at 06:11 PM.
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