As we approach late summer, field grasses dry out and become full of cheat grass or foxtails. These pesky barbed seeds that get stuck in your socks can also get embedded in your dog- from his nose to his toes. Foxtails may be inhaled into the nose, and due to their barb-like shape, they are not easily expelled. This may cause violent sneezing.  Foxtails can penetrate the ear and the ear canal  causing rapid shaking and tilting of the head. Foxtails find their way between your dog’s toes to cause frequent licking and red inflamed areas.  If you find yourself facing any of these problems we suggest pulling out any foxtail that you can easily see.  If you notice any of these symptoms, but don’t see foxtails, contact us immediately because the barbed seeds can travel causing severe problems.