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Is there any possibility of injury or trauma?
How long has it been like this?
Great. Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.
That swelling is usually due to some sort of injury or over-use. Since the tail doesn't seem to be painful to her, I think that the best thing to do would be to just keep an eye on it for a few more days. If possible, try to keep her calm so that she's not wagging it so much, which would cause retraumatizing of it.
If it's not better in a week or so, then you should have your vet take a peek at it and maybe take an x-ray to see if there is some sort of injury there. They may want to take an x-ray or get her on some medications to help with the swelling, but since she's not acting painful, then just keeping an eye on things right now would be what my game plan would be.
I hope this helps.
Okay...great. That actually helps me even more feel like this is some sort of injury.
If you wanted, you could try some plain old over the counter aspirin (ONLY aspirin...we never use acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen sodium in dogs as it can be toxic even in very small amounts). A dog her size could have 1 regular strength (325mg) aspirin once every 10 hours or so.
Try to make sure to give it with some food to avoid upsetting her stomach and don't give it for longer than a few days without touching base with your vet.
I'm more than happy to provide more insight if you'd like...but of course, in this sort of medium it's hard to figure out what is going on for sure since we can't see the dog...but I'm more than happy to try to help further.
Since she's sensitive to the touch and it's swollen, I'm still thinking that what we're dealing with is some soft tissue inflammation from trauma of some sort....however, you could do a little research on something called "Lab tail" or "Cold Tail" and see if that fits any of her symptoms. Normally the dog is really sensitive to touch for longer than a few days with that, but it's possible that she's got a high pain tolerance.