Give him the once over. Twice.

Good advice!

Scott Linden Outdoors

Cheatgrass, foxtails ... watch for them. Cheatgrass, foxtails … watch for them.

This is the best time of year for humans, but the worst time of year for our dogs. Maybe I’m not telling you anything new, but just in case …

Everything out there can cut, irritate, scratch or otherwise damage man’s best friend. (I remember the first porcupine encounter like it was yesterday!) Just a reminder to keep minor problems minor, and minimize major problems with a careful going-over after each outing.

Foxtails, cheatgrass and other weed seeds (“awns” is the more scientific term, I believe) are some of the worst offenders. They will get in your dog’s mouth, eyes, nose, between his toes or pads, and lodge in ears. I know someone who lost a great shorthair to an inhaled foxtail that infected a lung and went undiscovered until it was too late to save it. Any seed can burrow into the skin…

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2 Responses to Give him the once over. Twice.

  1. Cheat grass is nasty!

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    • I think it’s worse than foxtail. If they get into it, I check them when I get home and then again in a couple of days. I saw a Lab with a big abscess on it’s back from a seed that worked its way into the skin.

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