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Dead Tail: A Condition of Happy Dogs

Has your happy dog recently stopped wagging his tail? He may have a case of limber tail, also known as dead tail. This condition occurs mostly in working dog breeds such as Labrador Retrievers, Pointers, Setters, Foxhounds, and Beagles.

While there is not a whole lot of information surrounding the topic, but it seems to be a case of sore or strained tail muscles from working harder than usual. It may be caused by a long day of hunting, swimming, or exposure to very cold water or weather. It’s also possible that lots of heavy tail wagging may cause this condition as well.

Symptoms: If your dog has dead tail, the tail will appear limp or held out from the body 3-4 inches. They may act as though the area is painful.

Similar to the treatment of strained muscles for humans, the remedy includes rest and warm compresses. You may also want to administer anti-inflammatory medications but be sure to first consult with your veterinarian. Never give your dog Tylenol or ibuprofen as they can poison your pet!

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