Happy Tail Syndrome & Broken or Cut Tail
Happy Tail Syndrome occurs when dog's wag their tails so hard that the tip splits open. Vulnerable tails can be thin and long or thick and medium length, the only ones safe are tails that are curled up over the back or small-dog tails. . Blood from an initially tiny injury drips when at rest and spray's for may feet when wagging. It's difficult to get the injury healed because of a dog's propensity to lick at injuries, and without a padded cover & protection the tail gets reinjured. Bandages fall off or are removed by the dog or get wet and slow the healing. Happy Tail Syndrome is often a recurring problem. It will stop only when the tail heals quickly several times, leading to a callus on the tail or they're blocked from the area where they are injuring their tails. . When do vets suggest amputating? Some vets will recommend cutting length off the tail from the first sign of happy-tail. Those are the vets who haven't had experience with K9 TailSaver or don't want to use a muzzle and have seen other dogs fail to heal. The suggested surgery is understandable because the injury drips blood, the tail bone can become exposed, the tip may turn black , a punctured artery can occur from chewing and infection may set in causing a strong odor and health risks. However, with proper treatment and an ability to protect the tail from licking and re-injury tails usually heal completely. Veterinary advice is recommended and if amputation is suggested you may ask for more time while trying the K9 TailSaver. Even for tails that look bad you may find that a veterinary wound specialist can save it using medication and laser for resurfacing. Skin will grow back over exposed bone in the right environment and often the hair grows back too.
Cones, muzzle, tape, bandages, foam noodles or tail binding, TailSaver or a muzzle are all readily available for keeping your dog from licking and chewing the tail. Only a muzzle or a K9 TailSaver will work for all dogs. If K9 TailSaver comes off or gets chewed the manufacturer will show you how to prevent it from happening again.