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my dog seems to have hurt his tail and it is bothering him

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my dog seems to have hurt his tail and it is bothering him quite a lot. what should i do?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is Dr. Peter I am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Is he rubbing his butt on the floor?
2- Did this just happened without any trauma or anything?
3- Is he carrying the tail side way?
4- How much does he weigh?
5- Any pre existing medical conditions?

There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

1. No he is not rubbing his butt on the floor


2. It just happened without any trauma or anything


3. Not sideways but he is not holding his tail up as usual. Also seems to be bent.


4. 32 kg


5. No pre existing medical conditions.


 


He is a boxer cross lab.


 


Thanks


Alison

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.
1- No change since you posted the question?
2- Any other symptoms?
3- How much does he weigh?
4- Is he on any medications?
5- Any pre existing medical conditions?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

1. No change


2. No other symptoms other than being very quiet which is unlike him


3. He weighs 32 kg


4. He is not on any medications.


5. He has no pre existing medical conditions.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

1- No change


2 - No other symptoms other than he is very quiet which is unlike him. He is still eating.


3. He weighs 32 kg


4. He is not on any medications.


5. He does not have any pre existing medical conditions.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.
Alison, what you are describing in Stanley can be related to a soft tissue injury in the tail. But, it is also important to rule out the anal glands being full. You see, when the anal glands are full it can be uncomfortable for the dog and will carry the tail in a similar position. It is important to check his anal glands or they can become impacted/infected and rupture through the side of the anal sphincter. Expressing the anal glands should only take a few minutes by your family veterinarian. In the meantime you can start him on Buffered Aspirin 325mg 1.5 tablets every 12 hours for 5 days. You can buy buffered aspirin over the counter in any pharmacy (chemist).

My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back. I am happy to address follow-up questions. Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!


Dr. Peter

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