After Mercedes played like a maniac with my neighbors brothers dog, running up anddown the fence til her tongue hung out for a foot..she came in and within an hour her tail went totally limp..then she started the restlessness and pacing..I thought she bloated and was ready to get her to ER vet..then I touched her tail thinking she had something stuck under it...she screamed outloud in much pain...then I remembered reading about cold tail..after a sleepless night I took her straight to the vet soon as they opened.. my vet asked if she was wagging her tail to excess and excercising more than she is used to ..right on both ....for crying out loud does that mean I cannot let her play or wag her tail??? The vet said it is common and could happen again..I thought cold tail was from too much swimming!!! She only played for about 15 min, but it was hard play and a lot of wagging and running.she is 4 and never had this before.
if I had not seen it with my own eyes I would not believe too much wagging can cause this!!!! People look at me like Iam nuts when I tell them what happened...my poor girl was in soooo much pain. The vet has her on carprofen...iheard this o drug is hard on the stomach,,but the vet said it is low dose and to feed her when takes it. How can I prevent this from happening again..cant she play and wag no more
Amber had this about 5 months ago, from swimming too much. Amber recovered in about 4 days and was back swimming in a week and has goten her tail into fine shape since then. She hasn't had any recurances and she is doing alot more swimming now than that day that caused the "dead tail". Some dogs seem to get it every spring when they first go out, some never get it again, and some get it alot. Alot of people that have experienced it usually treat it at home with Ascriptin (you can get this at most drug stores). It is very painful to the dog and is rather sad to see a lab that has this limp tail. I wouldn't worry about restricting his wagging or play unless he keeps getting cold tail.