Summer in the prairies is a wonderful time of year for us hearty Manitobans. However, amidst the blue skies and warm weather, there are a few concerns lurking that can affect our pets. A hot car is an obvious threat that we can easily keep our pets from enduring. Perhaps a little more surprising is the common foxtail photographed above.
Currently maturing with seeds blowing around Winnipeg and surrounding areas, the foxtail is a plant that, unfortunately, some dogs find hard to stay away from. If ingested, a foxtail awn (hair or bristle-like appendage) can become lodged in the throat, tonsils, or soft palate where it causes gagging and retching. Even worse, foxtail awns can migrate through the tissue and lodge elsewhere in a dog's body. There are reports of these grass awns migrating to tissues around the eye resulting in the loss of the eye.
If your pet is gagging and retching and you believe it may have ingested a foxtail like the one photographed above, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can do our best to make sure your pet is comfortable and healthy.
We take pride in educating ourselves and our clients, and are always willing to hear your thoughts or concerns regarding the health of your pets. Please feel free to contact us at any time.