Oh my Dead tail?

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Postby PigDog » Sat Apr 18, 2009 8:49 pm

We had them dock it fairly short to avoid a relapse of Happy Tail Syndrome. Didn't want to put her through surgery twice.

Mugsy show absolutely ZERO effects from the surgery. No pain, no soreness. Personality never changed.


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Postby Kingsgurl » Sat Apr 18, 2009 11:06 pm

The dead tip thing is exactly why we ended up having to dock Mysti's. Another Weimerianer length here. Her's took a bit to heal up. Yes, you CAN wack it on things when it is that short, who knew??

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Postby Red » Sun Apr 19, 2009 12:00 am

Another happy tail here.I tried to save it but it was not worth the pain the dog was going through.Hard to bandage the tip of a tail and when a dog is constantly wagging it and banging it everywhere...it is best to dock it than dragging a rather painful issue.
Jack really had no problem with the recovery.I kept the tip bandaged here and there, to avoid the metal stitches he had on the tip to get caught in the carpet or bedding.At night and after he started to heal no more bandaging.
On the second day after the surgery he was sitting on the nob, which freaked me out but he did not seem to be bothered.

Here you can see his tail length, and after the docking no more problems.

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Postby heartbullies » Sun Apr 19, 2009 12:26 pm

Another docked tail here thanks to happy tail; the flesh died and then the bones broke so there wasn't another option.

Booker's is like, Viszla length. He has about 3/4ths of his original tail.

After surgery they put a really awesome special bandage made with a plastic syringe container on his tail. It did get wagged off or loose a few times so either I put it back on or brought him back to the vet's for it to be reapplied. We had a resurgence of the problem about 2 months ago but mostly it was from him chewing on the tail, so he was crated and put into a huge cone for several weeks and now the hair is growing back in.

My friend's dog had happy tail and the end 2-3" of his tail was bald and scaly and gray, and he was also a dark colored dog. I think it was just a hairless callous for him. Booker has pink/peach colored skin and he has a small hairless spot on the tip of the tail that is almost white, and it's a callous.

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Postby luvnstuff » Sun Apr 19, 2009 12:48 pm

Did they leave the callous on the dark dog?

I think looking at Reds picture it doesnt look as bad as I pictured it would .

dang happy dogs.......

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Postby heartbullies » Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:05 am

Yeah, if you picked at the calloused skin it would bleed, and if he whacked it into the walls or doors the callous would split and the tail would bleed, so it wasn't dead, it just was an injured area that became calloused and didn't grow hair anymore.

Booker's callous is really small in comparison and hasn't been there but a month or two, I'm babying it along, keeping it soft with various creams, and not letting him chew it and not letting him hit his tail often, in hopes that the few little hairs sprouting from it will turn into a fully-haired tailstub again. The hair really seems to help protect the tail from all that door and wall thumping.

Here is Booker's partially-docked tail. It just ends really suddenly. The nice tapering part got cut off. Some people notice it RIGHT away, other people don't notice it 'til I point it out, some people notice it but don't say anything about it because "you're supposed to cut their tails off."

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Postby Kingsgurl » Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:17 am

Booker's is a nice length.

Mysti's imitation of a brindle Weimereiner (the houndy ears help complete this look lol )
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Postby luvnstuff » Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:28 pm

I neglected to call the vet this week..bad me. But called today to get it approved thru the rescue..
And have to say it looks worse.. I feel bad I forgot to call.. Well I kept remembering too late in the eve.
So vet visit approved and he will go in asap.

It looks even more sinsiter... bad me..

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"No worries ma.. I got lots of tail...can we go for that walk now?"
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Postby PigDog » Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:46 pm

That's exatly what Mugsy'd tail looked like (but with white hair...).

It amazes me how much pain these dogs can put up with... :bowdown:


...and how little my other dog can... :crybaby:

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Postby molucass » Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:18 pm

Poor baby!
The tail pics made me gag, then I saw his gorgeous face in the next one, so it was ok. :)

Give him tons of kisses from me.

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Postby Red » Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:27 pm

What did the vet say? Any news?

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Postby luvnstuff » Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:50 am

out appt is for this morning..ywwwwwwwwwwwwnnnn
off we go.

more java please...

Still think we are going to have to think of a way to piss him off no matter what treatment for about a month..
his wagging happy self is out of control...

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Postby Allie » Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:25 am

Good luck S & V! Update when you're done with your visit.

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Postby dogs4jen » Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:31 pm

I hope it went okay, poor Virgil!

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Postby molucass » Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:24 pm

Thinking good thoughts for Virgil! :inlove:


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