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Dog Tail Problems

How to identify tail problems in a dog?

A tail is used a means for communication in a dog. A number of different things that could cause a dog to develop a tail problem. Depending on the location and type of problem, some tail problems could cause mild to severe pain for the dog. When a dog develops tail problems, they are usually easy to notice. In most cases, a dog’s body movement changes when it's suffering from a tail problem.

For dog owners, tail problems are a common cause of anxiety and worry. This results in questions like the ones answered below by Experts.

What problem could cause a dog to shake its tail as if in pain?

When a dog has a tail problem, it usually does not shake its tail because shaking could cause even more pain for the dog. When a dog shakes its tail while having a tail problem, it's often a result of anxiety, fear, electrolyte imbalance, general malaise and/or neurological problems. In such situation it's best for the dog to be seen by a veterinarian in order to confirm a proper diagnosis, so treatment could be started.

What could cause a large dog to not move its tail and what can be done to help the dog?

When a dog does not want to move its tail, it could be due to a sprain, which is a common tail problem in dogs. Some tail problems may can cause pain to the dog making it reluctant to move the tail. In such cases, buffered aspirin may be given to the dog to ease the pain. For a large dog, a dose of around 325 milligrams may be given around every 12 hours. A dog with a tail problem may need extra rest for the tail to heal quickly. If the tail is not having any movement at all, it may be best for the dog to be seen by a vet.

Could a tail problem cause a dog to tuck its tail?

When a dog tucks its tail, it could be because of a sprain, broken tail or a fracture along the tail. If a dog is not suffering from any of these, the dog may have a general pain in the lower back or even in the neck. In some cases, a dog could have exercised too much this can cause the tail to droop. A dog may also tuck its tail when it's not feeling good or is exhausted. A tick bite can also cause paralysis in the hind end causing the tail to hang more instead of being tucked.

Tail problems are among the most common problems that veterinarians see in dogs because even a simple thing like swimming in cold water can cause a tail problem. Tail problems can occur suddenly in a dog and are a common cause of worry to dog owners. There can be many questions arising out of anxiety and owners may not know whether it's time to consult a vet. If you are not sure, it's always best to ask an Expert to provide professional insights based on an analysis of the condition of your dog. This may help you determine the seriousness of the condition and help you decide whether or not to take your dog to the vet.

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