Do you spend the dog days of summer avoiding grassy areas, trails and parks for fear of foxtails? Then check out the innovative and new OutFox Field Guard, a revolutionary approach to keeping your dog out of harms way while enjoying summertime outside. Developed locally in Walnut Creek, the Field Guard is a mesh fabric hood that attaches to your dogs collar and has already developed quite a furry fan club. The sturdy mesh is small enough to prevent foxtails from entering sensitive ears and eyes but allows plenty of ventilation and movement for your dog to fetch toys, play and even drink water with it on. Watch a video of how the Field Guard is put on.
You’re probably wondering if your Rover would wear one without extensive training. Yes, although you will want to get them acclimated to it first by offering treats inside the hood and working up to wearing it, all while giving frequent praise and rewards. Detailed instructions are included with each purchase but it seems that most dogs don’t really mind it, particularly when they get to go outside to romp and play in the sun. The OutFox Field Guard is designed with a safety break-away feature if it gets caught up on something but it should only be worn while supervised outside. Also, keep in mind that while it will prevent foxtails from entering Rover’s facial bits, it’s recommended that you examine the unprotected portions of your dog’s coat and feet when you come in from hiking or playing outside.
Bay Area dog owners are all too familiar with, and an article was recently written about, the “Brown Menace” a.k.a. foxtails that within seconds can work their way into a dogs eyes, ears and mouth. Once they’re stuck inside, an immediate vet visit is required and sometimes even surgery to remove the stubborn barbed seed heads. Aside from the obvious pain and discomfort caused to your dog, this rascally plant can cost you big bucks in vet bills and leave you with unwanted stories about cutting a vacation short or spending a sunny Sunday afternoon at San Rafael Animal Emergency Clinic or similar facility. The cost of a Field Guard is around $40, a fraction of a vet bill and priceless compared to your dogs safety and comfort. To order one for your furry pal or learn more about this ingenious product, visit the OutFox Field Guard website.
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