Some possible signs of a foxtail problem…
Ears: If your dog shakes his/her head or tilts the head, there may be a foxtail in the ear. It may appear that the dog has an ear infection. Take your dog to the vet.
Eyes: If your dog's eye is glued shut or has a gummy discharge that is unusual, take your dog to the vet (preferably the EYE doctor).
Nose: Repeatedly sneezing or spasm-like sneezing? Chances are good that there's a foxtail in the nose. Take your dog to the vet.
Mouth: If your dog can't swallow or is constantly gagging or hacking, there may be a foxtail stuck somewhere in the mouth (back of the tongue, between the teeth, back of the throat, etc.). Take your dog to the vet.
Paws: If your dog is constantly licking the feet or chewing on the feet, or you see a weird swelling between the pads…there may be a foxtail stuck; particularly if you see pus! Take your dog to the vet.
Weird bulging spots/private areas/etc.: If you notice ANYTHING that is out of the ordinary, and you have walked your dog in areas that may have had foxtails, do not hesitate to take your dog to the vet! Remember Midge…and the pictures you saw here!
The bottom line is this…when in doubt, have your vet check it out!