Happy Tail – Prevention and Treatment!
21 June, 2017
We love to see our dogs happy and wagging their big old tails. Happy Tail is when a dog is really happy or excited and wags his tail so hard and whacks it against a hard surface like a table or wall and injures the tip of his tail. The cut at the tip tends to bleed a lot with blood splattering all around as he continues to injure his tail. Hardly Happy!
Bigger dogs are more prone to happy tails.
Dogs that are prone to Happy Tail are usually Labradors, Great Danes, Pit Bulls and Greyhounds. Any short haired dog that can wag his tail with force can also damage the tip when he hits something hard. Dogs with feathered tails and smaller dogs aren’t as likely to have the same issue.
Happy Tails can cause infection if not treated properly therefore make sure to see your vet
Happy Tails can become serious because the tip of your dog’s tail doesn’t heal very quickly. Infection is the primary concern as your pup’s tail is exposed. Make sure to consult your vet as antibiotics should be given to help prevent infection, and pain medication may need to be prescribed.
Once your dog has the injury, it’s important to keep it clean and bandaged.
It’s important to keep the injury clean. A breathable, flexible type of bandage is preferable that protects the tip of the tail. Because infection can occur, the bandage needs to be changed every day and the wound inspected.
Some tips to help with bandaging your dog’s tail:
Have the area clean before proceeding to further treatment. You can use some medicated wipes for this. A damp towel will also work. Make sure to clean out any blood and dirt around the wound to prevent infections.
2. Apply ointment
Once the area has been thoroughly cleaned, apply some antibiotic ointment to help prevent infection. The ointment also helps in aiding healing and should be applied every time there is a change in gauze bandage.
After applying the ointment, cut a piece of gauze bandage and wrap it on the wound. This should be big enough to cover the whole wounded area. Wrap it all around the area and use some tape to secure its ends. The wrapping should not be too tight and should be comfortable for your dog.
4. Changing the Bandage
To promote quick healing, you will need to change the bandage daily until the tail heals. Also give him a change in case the bandage becomes wet to avoid infections. Within two weeks, the tail should be healed. If your dog’s fur gets stuck on the adhesive, soak in olive or vegetable oil for a while to help take it off painlessly. If your dog’s fur gets stuck on the adhesive, soak in olive or vegetable oil for a while to help take it off painlessly.
The best prevention for Happy Tails is to monitor your dog’s surroundings:
Keep an eye on your dog and his surroundings. If your dog gets so excited that his entire body is moving when he wags his tail, make sure there’s nothing around he can bang the tip of his tail against. If you’re in close quarters with table legs, end tables, walls or any other hard surface, try to keep your dog calm when he is close to the furniture.
If you notice that your dog wags his tail excessively when excited, it is important to get them out of harm’s way. When he seems excited, keep him away from table legs, stools, walls, and anything that’s solid enough to have his tail hurting. Or at least try to keep your dog calm to protect him from harm.
You could try to keep our dog in areas where there are no solid objects and surfaces in moments he is likely to get excited. Whenever you think he is about to start wagging his tail, have him sit down. Lying down could do as well. Try to save exciting moments outside the house and other times when it is possible for your dog to wag his tail safely!
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