Kaley Cuoco has spoken out about a frightening scenario involving one of her pets, and she is using her platform to warn other pet owners about it.
On July 17, The Big Bang Theory actress highlighted a worrisome health scenario concerning her pup King in a series of Instagram stories. She published photographs of the dog and explained that he has been sick for some time with no clear explanation for what was causing it. She discovered from a specialist that King had consumed two foxtail grass awns close to his heart.
“This is for all my dog lovers out there!” she wrote, holding up a picture of it. “This is a foxtail plant.” They are exceedingly hazardous to animals, particularly dogs.”
“We spent the last two months trying to figure out what was wrong with our King,” she continued. He was gravely ill, and nothing was helping. Many vet appointments, surgery, and medications. Finally located a doctor who discovered two of them in his body, only days away from penetrating his heart!”
Kaley also described the outcome of the discovery, which required King to devise a method for properly removing the foxtail grass awn. She stated that the surgery was successful, and that her dog was healing at home following the health concern.
“He is doing so much better, but as you can see, he has tons of stitches from a super intense surgery,” she said. “Please keep in mind that these must be surgically removed.” They do not heal themselves!”
While Kaley’s encounter was frightening, it is more prevalent than people realize. Foxtail grass awns can be found throughout North America, notably from May through December, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). These are especially dangerous to dogs since the shape can be breathed by the dog’s nose and spread diseases to other organs.
The AKC noted that common symptoms for dog owners to look out for include swelling, limping or licking the foot, and scratching their ear. People should also keep an eye out for their pets pawing a swollen, red, or discharged eye, as well as recurrent sneezing and coughing.