If you're unaware as to what foxtails are, look at the picture to the left. These are sneaky little arrow like weeds can easily snag onto your four legged friend and make their way into their nose, ears, and in between their toes. Well technically they can enter anywhere. Possible signs of your dog having a foxtail in them are swelling, shaking of the head (if it's in their ears), limping, and most of the time you can see a point of entry.
Keep your pets away from any plants that look dry and dead. Always examine your dog after a walk or hike near and around any foxtails. Check their eyes, ears, toes, and if they have tons of hair quickly feel their entire body to make sure they're not hiding anywhere. Since foxtails are arrow-like in shape, they only go in one direction. If you catch them early, the better it is. Blood flows to the heart and it's possible for an unseen foxtail to travel all the way over there.
Be safe this summer!