Causes of Dead Tail in Labradors
- Male dogs seem to be most susceptible but females have been reported as developing the condition too.
- Some people refuse to believe that limber tail in Labradors is not real. Quite the contrary!
- Labs notoriously wag their tails so much and so fast, it seems impossible that the tail could be stopped by cold water or over exercising.
- It is a strange, but true occurrence in any of the working breeds of dogs.
- Also read bleeding tail injuries in canine
- Many pet owners are devastated to see the effects of this condition and think the tail got broken somehow.
Symptoms of Limber Tail in Labs..
- Symptoms of Dead tail in Labradors, or in any hunting breed are quite apparent and easy to spot.
- The tail ceases to wag or move. It is virtually stuck in an unnatural position where it may extend outward a couple inches or so and then lay limp or in what appears to be a paralyzed or immobile state of hanging.
- The tail may literally be stuck between the legs. The dog may have problems trying to pee with the tail in that position.
- There seems to be pain associated with this unusual condition. Any light pressure from touch can cause a dog to wince and actually cry out.
Treatment for Cold Tail in Labradors
- Treat the dogs pain with buffered aspirin for a couple days twice a day. Dosages are generally 10 mg for every pound of your dogs weight.
- Even buffered aspirin should not be given long term due to its side effects related to gastrointestinal bleeding.
- Rest seems to be a miracle cure. It is also advised not to give your dog a bath with cold hose water outside.
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