Okay, today I stumbled upon a post on cold tail and then did some more research and think that Apollo might have been suffering from this for most of his puppyhood with us For weeks when we first got him when he wasn't really excited his tail would hang like he had cold tail. It goes out relatively straight for a couple of inches then hangs down. Lately it seems to have gotten much better but when he's just hanging about his tail does droop like that...but when he's playing it seems normal.
When he was smaller I thought it was just because he was always tired since he is always ramming around. I've checked him for soreness and he doesn't act as if it is sore.
He is now 13 weeks old if that matters. What do you think? Do you think that I should force more rest on him?
That does not sound like cold tail. Cold tail is painful and lasts just a few days. It is a muscular inflamation caused by overuse and is sometimes (not always) associated with swimming in cold water. It sounds to me like this is just how your puppy holds his tail. If you think it's a physical problem, I'd ask your vet.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Thanks! I agree, I hadn't been too concerned about it until I saw the posts. My sister-in-law's Bella has had cold tail twice each time when there was a lot of swimming involved. She had it for a couple of days each time and it went away. Apollo holds his tail the exact same way but like I said when he's excited or exploring it seems fine...thanks again!
I'd guess it's his natural tail position. Some dog's tails do that when they are relaxed, like this young puppy.
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