Kingsgurl wrote:I would try a more rigid protection for the tip until it heals fully. A large syringe cover with the end cut off for air circulation works wonderfully. I didn't dock until actual necroptic changes set in, despite wrapping etc. (necroptic meaning the bone itself was 'dead')
Yep, after the end died that was time to take some off. Around a thousand bucks at the emergency vet, because he had to break it completely very late on a Saturday night.
The syringe cover and foam works really well. It's what they put on him while the tip was healing post-op, too.
Typically pit bulls' tails are NOT docked-- check out the breed standards and photos of show dogs and they all have nice pump-handle, low-set tails. But some dogs, including pit bulls and some other sparse-coated, whippy/thin-tailed breeds like IGs and Greys, sometimes either break the bones in their tail
or break open the skin on their tail
, usually from wagging, and it is very hard to heal. My dog was fine the first 3-4 years and happened to get happy tail
and not recover from it but other dogs live their whole lives with no happy tail
and others get happy tail
but not such bad cases of it.