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Darn Foxtails Again!! @#$$%^!!

Poor Lola. On Monday night she was scooting and licking her vulva alot, so I took her to the vet to have her glands expressed. Her glands were not full. They thought her vulva was oddly swollen. So more sedation, a bikini trim and indeed my poor little girl had a foxtail in her vagina! OMG! I can't even begin to sympathize. She was very agitated and jumpy last night. The only way I could keep her from licking was to lie down with her on my chest, so no sleep for me, but she did get some rest.

I pick her up in an hour. She'll be getting oral and topical antibiotics.

I guess I am going to have to pull her from her dog walk/hikes. She had one in her ear 2 months ago. Both times we avoided costly surgery, but I would rather have avoided the pain for Lola.

For those of you in the West - beware!! For those of you in the East and MidWest - be thankful you don't have these buggers. Of course, Lola continues to hump one of her dog walk pals, so that is probably how it got in there. Wanton woman that she is!

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We dont take our dogs on hikes for this very reason. Now is just not the time. In the winter when its green it ok, but not in the summer.

For walks just plan a route that doesnt hit any weeds, its hard to do sometimes but if you drive it first you can see where the problem areas are. When I take mine in the mornings I do an elaborate dance around peoples yards and across streets to avoid the weeds. Its a bit time consuming but it is worth it.

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We dont take our dogs on hikes for this very reason. Now is just not the time. In the winter when its green it ok, but not in the summer.

For walks just plan a route that doesnt hit any weeds, its hard to do sometimes but if you drive it first you can see where the problem areas are. When I take mine in the mornings I do an elaborate dance around peoples yards and across streets to avoid the weeds. Its a bit time consuming but it is worth it.
I do the same, Estrella. There are times I'll walk Maddie in the middle of a street to avoid a side yard where weeds with possible foxtails are. I've been known to even stop and pull a small mound of foxtails in someone's side yard (even with my bad back!). I hate to think of an unsuspecting dog picking one up with serious consequences. Those things are nasty, nasty, nasty.

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Now you guys have me scared about my trip!! I am researching foxtails right now so I can get a clear picture of what they look like. My husband still teases me because I don't know what poison ivy looks like....
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Ouch -that poor baby!!

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Amy you will be ok! Its not scary, you just need to keep you eyes open. Anything dried up/dead looking is usually a good thing to avoid and since we are having a drought there is a lot right now. I definetly wouldn't let your furbaby have free range for sniffing in people's yards unless its a perfectly green lawn.

Jeanne, I am glad I am not alone! My mom thinks I am nuts when she goes with me. We made a fun game out of it, everytime we come up to someone's house with a [email protected] lawn we sprint past it with the dogs. They think its fun and we get our workout.

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OMG that would hurt!

Yikes!! Poor little girl
I don't think that we have that around here...not that I know of anyway. I'll keep an eye out for it just in case.
The bain of my existance right now is Bedstraw...aka..catchweed
http://weeds.cropsci.uiuc.edu/images...dstraw%201.htm
It's not harmful like foxtail..just annoying. Todd loves tall grass and when he's diving in and out of it he comes out covered in little spikey round balls that take forever to pick out.
Thank goodness that he has a short coat...it would drive me crazy trying to comb it out of a long coat.

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Oh poor Lola!!!! That must be very painful and uncomfortable! And you too, Anne...a night of no sleep is not a good thing. Hope she heals quickly...sending healing vibes.

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OH poor Lola and Anne. While I am no longer in LA, I experienced foxtails in our short time there. And Dora wasn't even hiking! I just took her on the street to meet Dasher and it happened within 5 minutes on a paved road All the time we took her hiking she never got one!

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OUCH!!!!!!!!!! I can't think of a worse place for a foxtail!! Poor lLola! I would keep her out of the weeds and dry grasses for now. It's awful this year, we have more foxtails than I've seen in awhile. I hope she's doing better now.
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