I don’t know if you have noticed it in your area, but here in San Francisco the number of foxtails that I am encountering while walking Simon has increased dramatically.
For all of you who are encountering them, make sure that you keep your dog away from these foxtails. About 2 years ago, Simon kept licking his paws, but I could not find anything after examining them. He kept licking and then started to limp so I took him to the vet. Well… Simon had foxtail seeds embedded deep (and out of sight) in all 4 paws and the vet had to surgically remove them. Poor Simon had bandages on his paws for 3 days.
So, if you come across any foxtails on your walks or if you find them growing in your back yard or front lawn, avoid or get rid of them for your dog’s sake.