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Emergency!!!!!! Chocolate Labrador

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Chocolate Lab keeps wagging his tail so hard it breaks open. Vet put syringe on it to protect and heal but still wags it and it breaks open. Has had this problem whole life, but just recently for the last two months we cannot get it to heal because he keeps hitting it. Vet wants to crop tail. They want to do this tomorrow, Monday, can you help me. I don't know what to do. Is there another way. Debbie, St. Petersburg, FL
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  JoAnne replied 11 years ago.
I would go with what your vet suggests chocolate labs look good with cropped tails! Since he keeps breaking it open It is never going to be able to heal and may be prone to infections! Hope this helps!
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

It sounds like your dog is suffering from something that is often referred to as "happy tail." The best and sometimes the most fastidious treatment IS docking the tail but there are some other ways that you can try.


Some people get good results from loosely taping a baby sock over the end of the tail. This protects it from injury while it's healing.


Other people get good results by lightly bandaging the tail between the legs so that it swings freely but not hard enough to bump into anything. There is a method by which you can wrap around the legs and "capture" the tail, keeping it from swinging so that the end result is no more damage to the tail. Your vet can help you learn this wrapping procedure.


The problem is that blood supply to the end of the tail is low so it can take some time to heal, seemingly forever.


I hope this helps!


Let me know if you have more questions or if you want to discuss this further. I would be happy to help.

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