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Limp Tail in Dogs

What is limp tail in dogs and what can cause it?

A limp tail in dogs is also known as limber tail syndrome, broken way, rudder tail or cold tail. A limp tail is when a dog’s tail hangs down as if it is broken. In some cases, a limp tail may be quite painful for the dog. Typically, this condition is found in dogs that are overworked, swimming or bathed in too cold or warm water, dogs that are out of shape, dogs that are in a crate for too long or in cold and wet climates. In some cases, a dog may need to be seen by a veterinarian in order to have the limp tail fixed.

What are some limp tail treatments in dogs?

There are different ways that limp tail may be treated. Sometimes, all that's needed is for the dog to rest. If that doesn't help, then among the most common way to treat a dog that has a limp tail is with a warm compress. This helps maintain blood flow in the tail. If blood flow to the tail gets affected for a prolonged period of time, the tail can need an amputation. A veterinarian may recommend NSAID (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to treat the limp tail. NSAIDs can help keep swelling or inflammation down enabling the tail to move. If the dog does not run around or play more than necessary, the limp tail may be resolved within 24-48 hours.

Read below where Experts have answered commonly asked questions about limp tails in dogs.

Could a dog that went swimming in a cold pool cause a limp tail?

A limp tail can happen when a dog swims in water that is fairly cold. In some cases this condition resolves on its own in about 2 or 3 days. The best treatment for a dog that has a limp tail is usually to rest as much as possible. It may be a good idea to give the dog some buffered aspirin because a limp tail may be very painful to the dog. Depending on the weight of the dog, standard aspirin may also be okay.

Is it a limp tail if a dog suddenly let its tail drop and not want to wag or lift it?

In sporting dogs this could well be a limp tail. Typically, this condition may be caused from overworking of the tail, swimming, or bathing in cold water. The dog may even have a sprained or broken tail, though a broken tail may be less likely. In some cases, a limp tail and a sprained tail may heal on its own with a lot of rest and a mild pain killer to ease the dog's pain.

Could combing a dogs tail too hard cause a limp tail?

Combing can cause a dog to have a limp tail -- especially if combing too hard results in overexertion of the tail. Overexertion is often the cause of limp tail in dogs. Limp tails can be painful to the dog but with rest and mild pain killers, they usually resolve themselves without requiring treatment. It is usually safe to give the dog aspirin with the food in order to ease the pain.

Limp tail are most common in sporting or hunting dogs. These dogs tend to point their tail out straight for long periods of time and this can overwork their tail. In turn, this can cause the tail to become limp and sore. However, it is always best to be sure than to assume that resting and time will cure the condition. If you aren't sure of the gravity, it's always a good idea to ask an Expert for insights based on an evaluation of your particular situation. Your dog's health could just be a click away.
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