Live West of the Mississippi?
Well if so, you are most likely used to Foxtails. In my neighborhood of Willow Glen located in San Jose, Ca, I never really encountered Foxtails in abundance. At least not enough that harmed my German Shepherd. I had more allergy issues than Duke ever did. Though, now living in the East Bay, it is simply redic.
Being a dog lover, sitter, & walker, I have noticed them being an annoyance all over the place! If I think they are annoying, I could only imagine being a dog.
Foxtails can get into everywhere & looking like a barbed badminton ball, they only move or, "burrow" themselves in a forward direction. They can hide under fur & bury under the skin. This can cause a drain tract which can leave the skin & blood open to infection. On top of that, they carry bacteria that can spread throughout your dogs body once in the bloodstream. If you have a fluffy dude, like Multipoo, You MUST at LEAST check their paws after a good walk. If the Foxtail gets lodged in the skin, it can move around & become almost impossible to find & remove. You must be cautious as Foxtails are notorious for getting in between paw pads & in their noses, though we'll get back to the nose thing later..
If they get in a dogs ear, it can cause pain, headaches, & your dog will most likely continuously shake their head trying to avoid the discomfort.
And the nose... lets get back to that.
I thought I had problems with my sneezing. Have you ever seen a dog with a Foxtail in their nose!? It really is an awful sight. It can cause discharge, bleeding, major pain, & it will not get out on its own. A dogs body simply cannot break down the Foxtail if it gets in their body. It is a very delicate process to get the Foxtail out of a dogs nose. If you think it is obtainable at home, there is a link from Wikihow.com on how to safely remove it. I really would go to the vet in this case. Please, please go to the vet!
Fox tails are not something to take lightly. they are harmful & abundant, especially this time of year. Please keep your pup safe & look daily.