Happy Tails in Dogs is Really Not Happy at All!
9 December, 2015

How can an ailment called “Happy Tails” be in actuality painful for your dogs! Happy Tails is when a dog is so excited or happy that he or she wags his tail quickly and injures his tail by hitting it against a hard surface like a table or wall. A dog can sometimes whack his tail hard enough that it causes a small cut or split on the tip of his tail. The cut tends to bleed a lot and he continues to wag his tail, blood splattering all around as he continues to injure his tail.

Dogs that are prone to Happy Tails are usually bigger dogs

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 or she hits something hard. Dogs with feathered tails and smaller dogs aren’t as likely to have problems as they have some more protection.

Happy Tails can cause infection in your dog

Happy Tails might not sound like a serious condition, but because it usually occurs on the tip of your dog’s tail, it doesn’t heal very quickly. It can also be hard to stop the bleeding and can be reoccurring if your dog wags his tail against a hard surface. Infection is a 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.

Your dog’s tail needs to stay clean and be bandaged properly

Happy Tails is sometimes difficult to treat because your dog’s tail needs to be bandaged to protect it from further damage and it’s hard to keep a furry tail bandaged! Talk to your vet about the best way to wrap your dog’s tail and determine if he or she needs any medications. 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.

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.

You know your dog and when he gets excited. If your dog gets excited when you take out your leash, make sure to do so in front of a door or in an open environment. If your dog gets excited when he walks inside or before dinner, look around to see where that cute tail could hit. Try to get your dog to exhibit his excited tail wags for areas in the home or outside where it’s safe for him to swing his tail without any hard surface close by. We want our dogs to wag their tails just not to injury!

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