Dog Got a Foxtail. Vet Got $500....

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  1. Texicaster

    Texicaster Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Oh my pup! Had a sore on the bottom of webbing of her front right paw that looked bad on Saturday night. Vets all closed but she was still happy and no limping. By Monday when vet opened it was 90% healed!

    This morning coming back from a walk the top of her paw was bloody and and discharging. Big hole!

    Took right to vet and they cleaned and probed but found no foxtail. They decided against cutting open as more than 50% of the time nothing there. So maybe it worked itself out....

    Anyone have such experiences? I watched some videos and had no idea how insidious a foxtail can be! They entire thing can work its way inside the animal! Like quick if in the right spot!

    Oh well! I did get a couple vax up to date and an exam so only ~$300 for the surgery...

    She's all dingy now though... I hate that...She's not licking it and can't keep that cone on so just watching her.
     
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    Are we talking about foxtail, the plant?

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    Pet insurance well worth the $$$$
     
  4. Texicaster

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    Yes...She didn't grow another fox like tail! As cool as that could be :D

    I've always heard of the hazards of them but in ears and stuff....Not working their way entirely under the skin! This one appears to have worked all the way through her paw! She wasn't even bothered by it. Caught her licking Saturday night but no limp or any symptoms...
     
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    I was in a park in Oakland a few weeks ago and saw a lady walking a dog with a hood on, it enclosed his whole entire head.

    The dog was probably 65-75 pounds and roughly Staffie sized and shaped, I couldn't see his head under the hood so I can't be sure whether it was a big put bull or not, but that's what I thought when I saw the bag: Terrorist dog gets headbagged by the CIA and remanded to an undisclosed detention center.

    The bag turned out to be mesh, not solid fabric, and I chatted the lady up to ask about it since I'd never seen such a thing. She said he had gotten foxtails up his nose too many times for her to take him out without it in the spring, summer and fall anymore.

    Shudder.

    My own dog got sick one time, just wouldn't get up off the floor, panting and exhausted. I discovered a hot swelling the size of a lemon in his armpit, weeping lymph. The vet found a foxtail in there.
     
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    Wow poor puppers.....where do you live?
    Just curious because I have been hearing more and more about foxtail. Our puppers is a sniffer for sure.
     
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    Thanks for the post. Had never heard of it but will be keeping an eye out for it when walking our beast.
     
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    I'm a full time RV'er and currently near Temecula CA. Up in the foothills of Palomar Mtn. It's ALL foxtails here!
     
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    Oakland is in the San Francisco Bay area. I've never encountered foxtails anywhere besides California.
     
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    My old Treeing Walker sucked one up his nose.They only go one way .Can't get them out without causing a lot of pain for the dog.Walker hounds sniff everything in their path.Pretty good sized vet bill as I recall.Foxtail season right now so watch out...
     
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    Careful about this. We had 'pet insurance'. From x-rays to amputation, guess how many dollars it paid for treatment when our dog was diagnosed with cancer.
     
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    Foxtails are brutal! I have a whole mountainside full of them. When they dry out they are like chunks of wood. You have to check you pets daily because they can work themselves in deep. Check out these boots, one day of weedwacking. foxtail shoes.JPG .
     
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    Don't feel bad. My Wife pays $35 for the dogs hair cut and shaves my head with the clippers that I bought for the dog.:(
     
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    There's insurance and then there's insurance. We're now with a great policy. Premiums aren't cheap but you get what you pay for. Jasmine (she's the 'pillow') has just finished 6 months treatment for cancer (hopefully clear - we'll find out in a month or so). Costs so far A$11,000 . . . . and counting. All we've paid is two rounds of A$150 - the policy excess. Hope your pup has fully recovered.
     
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    My dog got one on her hindquarters when I lived in Cali. The Vet did surgery and couldn't find it in the swollen spot. The next week it hadn't improved so I took her back in. The vet squeezed the spot and the foxtail found it's way out with a lot of puss. Those things are nasty. Good luck! They don't usually come out on their own.
     
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    Oh definitely! $500 for little “Chewy”, Jeanette’s Pomeranian, The little guy had to be knocked out because it was in his ear and he was freaking out. He stays up at her mothers in Stallion Springs/Tehachapi. They are overrun right now with fox tails and those awful bullhead three prong spikes. She’s been up there weeding out a dog run for him and I told her I would get whatever weed be gone she needed but upon second thought I don’t know if the ground would be safe after a chemical . I just heard about using vinegar, seems it could be so strong that it would even have to be diluted. So if need be it might take a tiller and put down a sheet against any further weeds. I try to do onto The world the same as would be done on to me, and if I had to trek In my bare feet through stickers in my feet and in my ears, just to go to the bathroom, I know he would be there to lick my face and chew The stickers out and make me feel better.
     
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    Sounds like a fly mask for a horse, as the damn flies collect around their eyes, nose and mouth. They may look funny but they do work and I think the animal is happier and definitely healthier
     
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    If you can, keep your dog out of the foxtails altogether. If they happen to work their way into the intestines or backbone you can have real problems, maybe even lose the little dog. Hunting hounds are especially susceptible to foxtails since they're everywhere they hunt. My brother in law lost a couple of dogs to them. Sometimes the vet just can't find them. We had a little house dog that got them in her paws and we had to have the foxtails removed. She came through it very well, and we just kept her away from them after that.
     
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    ^This. Be aware that not all insurance is created equal. Also, inclusion of the word "now" implies it is not the first pet insurance you bought. I hope you didn't have a bad experience before you landed on the insurance you have now. I am happy there is pet insurance that works. People should be aware that some of it amounts only to free vet visits and teeth cleaning - neither of which are catastrophic costs, and therefore do not merit insurance. We probably got our money back out of it because of its discounts, but looking back it probably amounted to little more than an assurance of revenue stream for the vet and a guarantee of our return because we paid monthly for the 'service'.

    There was zero coverage even for x-rays during diagnosis of our dog, who is doing very well a year after her surgery.

    My advice to people looking into insurance is to be very sure you understand what is covered and what is not and have it in writing on the very thing you sign for the coverage. Ask pointed questions.

    Does the insurance you have now cover only costs at one vet? Or does your insurance pay for routine visits at any vet, specialists at other facilities, etc.? I'm wondering if there are things to look for if one is in the market.
     
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    We're with a mob called Petplan, here in Australia. I'm sure other equivalent policies would be available elsewhere. There are levels of cover. The lower level checks there are four legs and that's about it. Useless. There's a range of policies and the more you pay, the better the cover. We're on the highest level, it costs a bit, but nowhere near the cost of cancer treatment. Jasmine is a rescue and we discovered a couple days after getting her that her front legs were deformed due to her radial and ulna bones growing at different rates. There's a 21 day spell before the policy takes effect but we were pretty impressed with them when they paid for Jasmine's treatment well before this time had passed. During Jasmine's cancer treatment I think it helped that we were able to send the clinical notes with the claim. Money was in the bank in a couple of days.

    The policy covers any treatment with any vet.

    Our first plan with a different company, covered cancer treatment for a different (and much missed dog) but only stumped up about 50%. Kitchen reno was postponed as a result:)

    Over the years, and several treatments for different aches and pains, I'm sure we're well ahead of the game. Definitely read the small print.
     
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