Dog (Canine) Tail Injuries and Treatment for Bleeding Tail Injuries

Dog (Canine) Tail Injuries and Treatment for Bleeding Tail Injuries

December 15, 2010 | Healthy Dog | Leave a Comment |

Dogs use their tails for more than just wagging. It helps maintain balance while running, turning quickly or when walking on narrow surfaces. There are also important nerves near the base of the tail that controls bowel movement. Dogs can sustain some amount of injury on their tails without any health implications.

Dog Tail Injuries

  • Injuries on a dog’s tail can be categorized into three: end of the tail injuries, middle of the tail injuries, and base of the tail injuries.
  • Injuries to a dog’s tail are quite common usually resulting from bites, accidents or even nervousness.
  • Some injuries to a dog’s tail can result from human actions especially when tails are improperly cropped.
  • Symptoms of injury to a dog’s tail would manifest through a swollen tail, drooping tail, a tail that does not wag, or the dog’s gait is different.

Common Dog Tail Injuries

  • End of the tail injuries – this type of injury is often caused when the tail gets caught in something, most commonly a door. Nervous dogs often chew on the ends of their tails.
  • Middle of the tail injuries – this type of injury can be caused by hitting the tail on an object, the tail gets caught in a door, the tail is accidentally stepped on, or the tail is being tugged on during play.

    This type of injury often causes a swollen or drooping tail.

  • Base of the tail injuries – This type of injury is often the most serious because the base of the tail is connected the spine and hind quarters. Injury to the base of the tail often causes incontinence and constipation. Injury to the base of the tail often produces drooped tail, swollen hind quarters, a tail that doesn’t wag, as well as difficulty in lifting the tail during elimination of waste.

Treatment for Dog Tail Injuries and Bleeding

  • When an injury to any part of a dog’s tail is observed, it is best to have the veterinarian examine it. Never attempt to medicate the dog or try setting the dog’s tail without the supervision or instruction of the vet.
  • Pain medications will be prescribed to the dog for pain relief.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications will be given to help reduce inflammation or swelling of the dog’s tail.
  • The veterinarian may also set the dog’s tail when necessary.

In some cases, for severe tail injuries, the dog’s tail may have to be surgically removed.

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