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Dog Tail Problems

A dog’s tail is used as a means of communication and often balance. A number of different things that could cause a dog to develop a tail problem. Depending on the location and type of problem, some could cause mild to severe pain. 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 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, 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 dog to not move its tail?

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.

What causes 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.

What causes a limp tail?

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 limp tail treatments?

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.

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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