Foxtail Dog Protectors
10:38 AM, Thursday, August 16
All dog owners in the Western hemisphere know the ongoing cost and anxieties as a result of the foxtail seed that enters a dog's ears, nose, or paw. Immediately upon entering the dog, the seed begins to dig in and move deeper. The result of this serious issue can be very painful for the dog and costly for the dog owner. Most seeds need to be removed by a veterinarian in an emergency situation which increases the cost. Untreated, the seed can move through the dog’s body and ultimately could result in death of your pet. Presented with this problem twice in one week resulting in a $400 vet bill and nothing on the market that solved the issue, dog owner Greg Long from San Diego has designed and manufactured the "Foxtail Dog Protector." The Foxtail Dog Protector is made out of a durable, medium-weight material that will allow moisture to escape while protecting the dog’s ears from foxtail penetration. The Protector has strong elastic on both sides to allow the ears to stay inside the Foxtail Protector and at the same time stay in place. Because the protector has elastic on all sides, dogs do not seem to mind the protector as soon as you put it on. The protector has proved to ease the pain both dogs and owners experience from this serious foxtail problem.

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Foxtail Dog Protector: Greg Long, (619) 210-5800,

P.O. Box 178474, San Diego, CA  92177



Foxtails are one of the most dangerous, everyday threats to your dog's health and can even be fatal . . .

. . . what simple steps can you take to guarantee this doesn't happen to your dog?


Foxtails can be found everwhere you take your dog outside: canyons, parks, hiking trails — even backyards and urban areas become everyday hazards that can cost you hundreds of dollars at the vet's office or worse.

How?  Foxtails get caught in your dog's hair because the barbed spikes from these common grasses break off naturally. From there, they can move into the skin.

Foxtails have barbs that make it possible for them to travel only in one direction, so they gradually work their way further and further into your dog's skin, causing a painful sore that must be treated by a veterinarian. This can cost anywhere from $200 to $1,000 per occurence.

Foxtails can also become embedded in your dog's ears, eyes, and nose. If left untreated, foxtails can travel through the body to the heart or lungs, causing pneumonia or even death.


How to Protect Your Dog Against the Danger of Foxtails

The best way to eliminate foxtail problems is to prevent them in the first place!

The Foxtail Dog Protector (pictured below) is a new solution that protects your dog easily and comfortably.  To read more about this product, click here.

Here are some other tips to avoid foxtail dangers:

  • If possible, avoid foxtail infested areas – especially during the dry season.
  • Thoroughly brush and inspect your dog's coat if it has been romping through tall, mature grass.
  • Run your hands over their coat and look for foxtails. Dogs with long hair are particularly susceptible to foxtail seeds.
  • Look into your dog's ears. If your dog has floppy ears, lift each ear and inspect. Immediately examine your dogs paws (in-between toes and paw pads), neck (under the collar), tail/anus, and underarm areas after walks in areas with foxtails.
  • Remove any foxtails that are sitting on the fur.
  • If you believe your dog has a foxtail seed lodged somewhere in its body, get to a vet IMMEDIATELY. The longer you wait, the deeper the foxtail will travel, the more damage it may do, and the more difficult it will be to treat.
  • The only true way to eliminate the foxtail danger is to prevent it from occurring in the first place!

Now you can protect your dog with the Foxtail Dog Protector


The Foxtail Dog Protector is a comfortable, lightweight, effective barrier that prevents foxtails from entering your dog's ears.

Other uses for this valuable device include preventing dirt and water from entering your dog's ears, reducing ear infections, and preventing tick infestation.

It comes in a variety of colors and sizes, is easily cleaned by rinsing with water, and is designed to last for many years.

The affordable price is a no-brainer when you consider that a single trip to the vet for foxtails can cost as much as $1,000, not to mention the health and safety of your dog.

Constructed of durable yet lightweight material, the Foxtail Dog Protector fits easily and quickly over your dog's ears, preventing the most common form of foxtail danger.  Your dog's hearing will not be affected, and the protector comes on and off easily without cumbersome buckles or straps.

To see the Foxtail Dog Protector in more detail, click here

Puppy Tips

Having a younger dog gives you an opportunity to avoid some difficult issues in older dogs.  You should play with your puppy's paws, ears, mouth, teeth, etc.  This simple behavior may very well save you lots of money when your dog needs attention from a vet.  With your dog accustomed to the handling of these sensitive areas, the vet may not have to put him to sleep for surgeries.



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