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dry patch of rough hair on dogs tail

July 30th, 2008, 05:03 PM
just noticed this while i was brushing cash.

midway down his tail there is a VERY rough/brittle patch of hair. the hair is also shorter in length.

he walks with his tail curled up over his back a lot, as mals tend to do, so im not sure if thats contributing or not.

if necessary i will take him to the vet of course, but i was wondering if anyone knew what this was.

it was tender to the touch, i tried to brush through it a few times but he jumped and got startled so i just tried touching/examining it. he was very on edge when i was brushing/touching that part of his tail.

any ideas?

would a picture help?

July 30th, 2008, 05:11 PM
My golden has that on his tail also.:sad:

The vet told me that it was caused by some kind of trauma to the tail.:eek: It has looked like this for over 6 months now. However it is not tender to the touch. That would have me worried.

July 30th, 2008, 05:44 PM

i could see if his tail got like....i dont even know..stepped on?

i havent stepped on hist tail ever, he carries it over his back mostly....

ummm bitten?

i dunno, now im thinking vet for sure.

July 30th, 2008, 06:11 PM
Is it a lump or just the hair being an issue...I know you said its tender but that could be from brushing it?

July 30th, 2008, 06:50 PM
i didnt feel any lump, but i couldnt really push on it...i will check again later on.

it was like that BEFORE i started brushing, my bad for not clarifying.

i saw it as i was brushing the base of his tail (i rarely brush his tail...dont see a real need) and then i tried to comb it out, thinking it was just dead hair or something.

now that i think abotu it i have seen him chewing that spot on his tail before.....

i think its vet time in the new town, time to do some research.