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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 06-11-2008, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Ouch! Foxtails in the ear!!!

During her midday hike today Lola got a foxtail in her ear. She yelped and shook her head alot. Fortunately her dog walker knew the signs and scooted her right into the vet's office. Lola was so squirmy they had to give her sedation to get a good look in her ear. The vet said the foxtail was in there, and it had slightly nicked her ear drum. Even though it was only a matter of minutes from entry to extraction! So she is on a course of topical and oral antibiotics to prevent a middle ear infection. Poor little girl. She's so fast running around...Amy was about 20 yards from putting her leash on when Lola leaped into the grass - and there it was. It is always something!

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Awww, poor Lola!!! I am glad your dog walker knew exactly what to do and all that was required was a sedative and extratction, no surgery. It is always something when you have dogs and kids. Where does your dog walker take her? I take my three to Fort Funston and that's a foxtail kingdom, but it's my favorite off leash dog park with beach access.

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Anne~ Been there, done that (several times) with our sheltie. Amanda's poor little Dora ended up having surgery about a month ago to get one removed from her ear. Foxtails are just plain evil!!!

So glad your dog walker knew exactly what to do for Lola.

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My nightmare relived- I didn't know what the things were either! I found one on Dora's back the other day too! We have removed everything in our yard but those things have wings too so it is hard to completely protect your furbabies.

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That happened to poor carmen last year. We had to have a surgery for it. Now that we have more control of the yard I am a weed nazi and I just pull all of them. I am glad she is ok and do watch out for those things. They can get in their nose too... thats not a good one =(

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Poor Lola!! I'm glad the vet was able to get it out without surgery! Your dog walker sure made the good decision to take her right to the vet!

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Wow - I feel lucky that we avoided surgery! Who knew??? Where would we be without this forum???

Amy takes the dogs to various places in The City that are protected, but not always fenced. Her goldendoodle Lefty had the same occurrence two weeks ago. But in a different place. It is tough for Amy because she wants to take them out on serious exercise hikes every day. Clearly she'll have to stay away from this place - I'll find out the exact location.

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Ouch - quick thinking by Amy probably saved you a lot of problems. Sorry Lola had to go through it at all however. Hope she's feeling fine now.


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I understand from the posts that foxtail is some type of weed, but what does it look like? I see you're all from CA - do you know if it's CA specific or something we in the rest of the country should watch out for?

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That nasty foxtail they pulled out of her little ear is 1 1/4 inches long!

No wonder these things create such trouble. $375 worth of trouble!! Although Lola is doing great at home now. She ate some dinner, managed to go outside for a pee, and her tail curls up every now and then. Nothing keeps her down long!

The piece they removed is just one of the needles from a foxtail like below. They are definitely a problem in CA. I am not certain if they are prevalent in other parts.
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