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?
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.
I'd bet my house that it's cold tail. Just let him rest and he'll be fine.
Dani, Rider & Rookie
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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.
Yep, I'd bet the farm it's cold tail.
♣ Laura ♣
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.Originally Posted by tinat1
♣ Laura ♣
Thanks....that was interesting :-\
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?