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Why does her tail have not muscular control and just hang limp.

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Why does her tail have not muscular control and just hang limp. She cannot wag or lift her tail for excretions.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jeff replied 6 years ago.
If she was swimming or received a bath recently this could be a condition called swimmers tail or limber tail. It is a neuropathy with an unknown mechanism that causes this limp tail and restlessness. These dogs will recover in a week or so but often respond to antinflammatory drugs. Now, this is an unusual breed to see this in but it can occur. Being a dachshund, you must be concerned about other spinal issues. This breed is very prone to intervertebral disc problems. A tumor associated with the spinal cord is also possible but with breed, a disc issue is much more likely. I would recommend seeing your vet. I would often recommend aspirin for swimmers tail, but this can interfere with your vets treatment options if this is a disc issue. I hope this helps and gives you direction. Thanks
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