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Old August 25th, 2009, 10:02 PM
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Is it possible for a dog to sprain it's tail

Our dog after a day of swimming started to yelp and bite at its rear and afterwards her normally up and curly tail is down, and has been down for the past day. Is it possible that she has injured or sprained it. If so, will it heal by itself?
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Old August 25th, 2009, 10:07 PM
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Yes it is possible. Especially among labs, spraining the tail while swimming is a fairly common injury. It's extemely painful, but likely will heal by itself. You might want to touch bases with your vet, though--they might prescribe pain meds to help keep your dog more comfortable.
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Old August 25th, 2009, 10:09 PM
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There's also a condition, very common in the lab breeds, commonly known as 'Cold Tail' or 'Swimmers Tail'. Is the base of her tail swollen at all? Your best bet is to take her to a vet and have her checked out.
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Old August 25th, 2009, 11:04 PM
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ssshhhh, don't tell Sasha, I have heard of this and thank goodness she has not hurt this way yet!! rest is what will help to heal as stated by hazelrunpack.
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Old August 26th, 2009, 05:38 AM
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Cold tail

My dog gets this at least once a year after a day of extreme activity. After resting for a few days it goes away on its own. It is extremely painful.
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