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  1. #1
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    Mar 2006

    DefaultCold tail

    what is cold tail exactly? I took the boys to the lake this weekend and they swam their butts off... I realized that Toby can't seem to raise his tail... doesn't seem to be in pain, just can't raise it... If it is does what do you do to treat it? Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Mar 2006

    DefaultRe: Cold tail

    Here is a link to an article about cold water tail

    Cold water tail, limber tail, broken tail all describe the same affliction. It is thought to be something like a sprain but some studies show that there is a virus that causes it. It usually occurs after heavy activity/use (not necessarily swimming). It is very painful for the dog so do not force the dog to raise or wag its tail. It should resolve on its own in 3-5 days. Many vets are not familiar with cold tail syndrome so they may want to do expensive tests and xrays which are really not necessary and will not show anything extraordinary. Of course if you believe the dog truly has broken its tail or if it does not seem to be improving after a few days, see the vet.

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    DefaultRe: Cold tail

    Kassa had what we thought was cold tail. She hadn't been swimming, and I thought at first it was something to do with her cancer. She was very sore and couldn't move her tail. she came right in about 4-5 days. There was nothing you can do for it.

    Kassa 25/11/01 - 09/02/05 O.S Jaw cancer forever in my heart.
    Ernie 25/11/01 adopted May 05
    Sam 11? adopted Nov 06 - 18/12/07 Lyphoma
    Tessa. Rescued June 2011.
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