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how can you tell if a dogs tail is dislocated or broken

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he has been acting funny for the past few days and we have noticed his tail is drooping it's normally straight back or up and wagging
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.

It may be that he injured his tail, so you will want to check her tail over well. Run your hands down the tail feeling for breaks or painful areas.   He could also have a problem with his anal glands which will cause a dog to hold their tail down as well. The anal glands are 2 sacs on either side of the anus at about the 4' o'clock and 8 o'clock positions. If your dog is continually licking their anus and dragging it, it could also indicate that they are full. This problem can usually be resolved by emptying out the glands. To empty them or express them, you will want to cover the area with a tissue and press your finger on the dog's anal glands with an upward motion. A foul smelling liquid should come out. If nothing comes out and your dog appears to be in pain, you should take him to the Vet. Your vet can do this easily, as he is experienced at it.

Excellent site on anal glands

There is a condition "cold tail" that Labradors, English Pointers, English Setters, Foxhounds and Beagles sometimes get which causes them to hold their tail close to the body. You can read about it here.

It is possible that this is what you are seeing with your dog. With cold tail it sometimes takes up to 2 weeks for the tail to recover. Some owners feel the administration of anti-inflammatory medication aid in a faster recovery.

I hope this information is helpful to you.
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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
he is a 4 yr old black lab...i gave him a bath on sunday as it was almost 80 degrees in n.h., but we bathe him outside, and the water from the hose was very cold...i feel a bump out of his tail about 1" down from the base, so i think that this might be the cause of the's definately affecting his disposition, he's not as crazy as he normally is.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.

Sounds like cold tail to me. Buffered aspirin can be given to a dog with a dosage of up to 5-10 mg per pound every 12 hours for pain. Keep in mind that a dog's body does not metabolize aspirin in the same way as a human and thus should not be given more than a day or two without contacting your Vet. Read side effects and precautions here.

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