By Dr. Eva Evans, veterinarian and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance. A pet health insurance agency for dogs and cats.
As warmer weather arrives, so do the many beautiful blooming native plants. In many areas of the country, certain types of grasses produce grass spikelets. Also called “foxtails” or “cheat grass” these barbed seed heads of the grass plants are small, sticky little plant pieces. Often times, when pets are outside in and around these tall grass plants, they can get the barbed grass awns stuck in all sorts of uncomfortable places.
The most common places for grass awns to get stuck on pets are on are under the eyelid, in the ears, in the nostrils, and between the toes. Here are some signs to watch for.
Foxtail in the Eye
If you notice that your pet is squinting and tearing or pawing at his face, there may be a grass awn wedged under the eyelid causing extreme pain on the eye.
Foxtail in the Nose
Pets that inhale grass awns into their nose tend to sneeze violently due to the irritation in the nostrils that triggers a sneezing reflex.Read More…