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Common Dog Tail Injuries

If your dog is an exuberant tail wagger, like mine, he will smack it against the corner  of the wall or my furniture and you can hear that it has hit the wall  hard.Broken tails and injuries are very painful - be gentle with this problem


  • Infected and inflamed dog tails.
  • Lameness injuries and so called water tails.
  • Broken tails in dogs

My dog did this one day and I noticed it didn't look or feel right. 

It was tender to the touch and a little swollen.  If this happens to your dog, get him/her to the vet right away and get an  x-ray. 

It could be a fracture or dislocation which might heal crooked.

My vet is strange when it comes  to dog tail problems.  He told me a week later that he didn't think the  tail was broken, perhaps sprained or fractured but then he said he would just cut the broken end off.  He said it with so little feeling and  without even asking what I would like to be done.  I was very  disappointed with him.

You certainly can splint a dog tail and put  an big plastic collar on the dog so that they will not tear off the  splint.  It was time to change vets as all he seems to want is expensive operations, when a simple splint could have saved the tail.

Now keeping the splint on is the hard part.   Dogs keep moving the tails or keep trying to pull off the tape and  splint.  Since a dog tail is wide to narrow, it is easy for a dog to  reach around and grab the bandage right off.

You will have to stay with your dog and keep  him quiet. I would confine your pet or get an Elizabethan collar to  prevent chewing and pulling off the wrapping. Be sure to give your dog  lots of love and affection while healing the tail.  This works best with a sprained tail.  My pup sprained his tail and I did not know what to  do so after about 5 days it had hardened into a slight bend at the end,  about 3 inches down. 

There is nothing I can do about that now but because he is always smacking it around I will be very careful next time.


If any of the following happens take your dog to the vet right away.

  • The bandage and wrapping becomes wet
  • The splits starts to slide or slip off
  • The is an odor coming from the bandage that just doesn’t smell right

After speaking  with my Vet I was appalled that he said that they never do a splint  and if it is bad enough they would amputate it. 

I know not all vets are in agreement with this so if your vet tells you this I would get a second opinion. 

I also strongly  urge you to take you dog to the vet because a broken tail can be very  painful and you do not want yoru dog to be in pain.

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