Jett

My dog's tail is limp and won't wag or rise that do you think is wrong?

I have a black lab and his tail is usually standing tall and proud, as a yesterday his tail is limp and won't rise or even wag, what do you think is wrong? If we try to touch it he would snap at you, I called the vet and still have not gotten an answer...


Asked by Jett on May 6th 2008 in Health & Wellness
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♥Tiffy♥

You might want to just take him in to the vet. It sounds like maybe some kind of nerve damage or he injured it somehow. It may be painful for him. Get him to the vet ASAP.


♥Tiffy♥ answered on 5/6/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Jack

I think he needs a visit to the vet, rather than a call. Just make an appt and take him in as soon as you can.

Dogs have bones in their tails, just like bones in the spine or legs. These bones are more flexible, but they can be injured and even broken.

If he's snapping at you when you try to touch it, then it is very painful and he may need to have it set.

The problem could be nerve damage, a break, fracture or injury of the fluid filled sac between each bone. Only your vet can tell for sure, either by physical examination or an x-ray.

Good luck...hope he's better and wagging again, soon!


Jack answered on 5/6/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Risa W-FDM/MF RE RL1 CA CGC

It's good that you've contacted your vet as they'll know best.

Has he been swimming lately? Labs (as well as other dogs) can experience a condition called 'cold tail' due to excessive swimming. Basically, they get a sprain in their tail. It's sore for a few days but usually recovers on its own. Risa got cold tail last year after swimming for a few hours. She didn't wag it for a couple days and was unable to lift it high.


Risa W-FDM/MF RE RL1 CA CGC answered on 5/6/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Caramel

Dogs have bones in their tails, just like bones in the spine or legs. These bones are more flexible, but they can be injured and even broken. Go to the vet, not just a call. Hope he feels better!!


Caramel answered on 5/6/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Guest

Sounds like "cold tail" (also known as "limp tail" or "dead tail"), as suggested above. I just wanted to point out that it can be caused by things other than swimming... sometimes it's just from overexertion during play or from having the tail pulled.

Usually a few days of rest will work to get that tail back up again!


Member 512988 answered on 5/7/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer