Happy Tail Syndrome occurs when dogs wag so hard that when their tails hit a surface it splits open at the tip of their tail. Strong breeds are at higher risk of getting happy tail syndrome. Only those who've had a dog with a bleeding tail tip truly understand how much blood a small injury can spray on walls and ceilings. It's very difficult to get the tail injury healed because of a dog's propensity to lick at injuries. In addition most bandages fall off when dogs run, roll, play, and wag. To make things worse dogs may heal only to yet again break open their tail... Happy Tail Syndrome is usually re-occuring. When the injury drips blood non-stop or the tail bone is exposed or the tip has turned black the veterinarian will advise amputating the tail. That is a major surgery and will be expensive.
Is it hard to heal the tail? Protective coverings fall off, dogs lick and chew on bandages and even their tails. Folks try to keep dogs from their tails with cones, crating, muzzles, tape, bandages, foam noodles and tail binding. The newest solution available is the K9 TailSaver®. It is a method of tail protection that will stay on any dog, be comfortable, and lets dogs enjoy their regular activities.