Features May 2015 Issue

How to Protect Your Dog From Foxtails

The barbed grass awns known as foxtails can invade your dog’s body without sign or warning.

It sounds like a promising pitch for a horror movie: An invader slips surreptitiously into your dog’s body, unseen and unsuspected. While your dog sniffs and snoozes and goes about her everyday life, the intruder burrows ever inward, literally pulling itself through her soft tissue and organs with sharp, needle-like spikes.

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