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    Hi, I need some advice on a lil problem...

    I noticed yesterday that Merlin was whining a bit, and just generally moping around, so had a look over him, and he looks to have a sore tail. He wont wag it (VERY unusual, he always has it held high) and also, there is little bit of swelling a few inches down from the base of the tail.

    Would could he have done to it? Dislocated?

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    That describes it almost completly. He was swimming practically ALL day yesterday while we were putting new pool fencing in. 2 weeks seems like a long time to wait, and what are the chances its not limber tail? I wouldnt want to leave him with a dislocated tail.

    Oh poor Merlin, he looks so sorry for himself.

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    I'd bet my house that it's cold tail. Just let him rest and he'll be fine.
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    My girls have gotten cold tail & it clears up in a few days of rest. Our last lab did stove her tail jumping in her baby pool. It was swelled at the base & the vet said just to rest her & no jumping in & out of her pool for a few days. It cleared up as well. They just look so pitiful with their tails just hanging limp.

    I would bet Merlin will be fine in a few days.

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    Yep, I'd bet the farm it's cold tail.



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    I'm sorry....what actually is cold tail? My lab has had the same problems but I didn't take him to the vet, it just got better. I always thought it was a bite of some kind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinat1
    I'm sorry....what actually is cold tail? My lab has had the same problems but I didn't take him to the vet, it just got better. I always thought it was a bite of some kind.
    Read the link that Kiddsmom put up.



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    Thanks....that was interesting :-\

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    Mine had cold tail several weeks ago and recovered on his own very nicely over about 2 weeks.

    Just curious - what about labs and a few other hunting breeds makes them susceptible to cold tail? Diesel had not been swimming when he developed his case of cold tail - just spent a long time at the vet that day and had a lot of friends to greet - heavy wagging activity. Is it the weight/heft of the tail compared to other breeds?

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