Foxtails… The name conjures up images of soft, fluffy plants that seem pretty harmless, right? Actually, wrong! Foxtails, rye grass, gamma grass, cheatgrass and other common members of this plant family are well known for the injuries they can inflict on pets. So, what are these formidable foes and why should your pet avoid them in the great outdoors?
Redwood Veterinary Hospital is here to help!
What are Foxtails?
Foxtails are a grass-like plant (considered a weed by many) in the genus Hordeum. As its name implies, foxtails have a fuzzy end that resembles a fox tail. This genus also includes other spikelets, like cheatgrass, barley, millet, and rye. These grasses contain a tiny barb or awn that allows them to attach to anything going by, including your pet. This mechanism also contains an enzyme that helps the awn propagate by burrowing into its host. Continue…
It’s a common scenario among pet owners: it’s almost bedtime, and your pet is acting strangely. You know that something doesn’t seem right, but you’re not sure it’s worth a trip to the pet emergency clinic or if it can wait until morning.
Many pet emergencies, such as a broken bone, profuse bleeding, or being hit by a car, are obvious. However, pets are hardwired to hide signs of pain or illness, so many emergency scenarios aren’t as clear cut. Knowing how to recognize the signs of a medical emergency saves precious time and makes all the difference for your pet.
Have you ever wondered why we recommend pet wellness visits, even when your pet is in good health? Aside from getting the chance to see your pet’s sweet face and catch up with you, the pet wellness exam serves a larger purpose. Our goal is to not only assess your pet’s current health status, but also keep an eye toward their future by establishing good health habits and catching problems early.
At Redwood Veterinary Hospital, we believe strongly in the power of preventive medicine to provide our pets with the happiest, healthiest, and longest lives possible, and at the cornerstone lies the pet wellness exam.