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Who wants to buy me a new house?

Postby Amie » Tue Mar 11, 2008 4:59 pm

Alright, so as I've mentioned before, I'm living with the happiest dog on the planet. So filled with joy is my dog that it's spilling out all over, in the form of blood, from the end of his tail.

Yep, Oscar is a victim of Happy Tail. He's had the problem his whole life, in fact the shelter through which we made him legally ours gave us the suggestion of docking his tail. We opted not to (he was nine months, and I think it's cruel on little ones, let alone a tail that big). What we got is a dog that looks like he's got a raccoon striped tail because of the bald spots.
<img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2293/2327063551_71ccfd3817_m.jpg" width="180" height="240" alt="bald spots">

But in the last few months it's been significantly worse - he's getting happier!!!

The tip of his tail just won't heal - it doesn't have time! It takes simply trotting down the hall to break it open again, because I live in a very tiny house. The halls are approximately three inches narrower than a fifty pound pit bull's tail reach.

He isn't freckled on his hip - that's blood spatters in his white fur.
<img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2192/2327065375_85d8c91eba.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="spatters">

What I need is either a new house with halls wider than his reach, or a way to speed things up so he can heal completely. My house looks like the scene of dozens of little tiny murders. A mouse massacre, perhaps.

I considered something like "New Skin" but what I've read is that it stings for people, and I don't want to hurt him.

Any suggestions (or housing offers)?

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Postby sara » Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:04 pm

Happy tail? I have never heard of that.
I use new skin on my dogs often and they seem to be fine with it. You do have to blow on it for a bit for it to dry before the dog licks it off. It may sting a tad, but not too much (not more than the tail could hurt anyway).

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Postby bamawrly » Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:24 pm

We use a version of it at work, we do dental surgery. We use it for tissue grafting or anything that can be sutured. It works great.

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Postby Allie » Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:31 pm

We have used VetBond Skin Adhesive for Piper. My vet uses it for spay incisions on small dogs and cats sometimes.

BTW, Mr Clean Magic Eraser is good for cleaning blood spatter.

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Postby ewwies » Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:46 pm

Allie wrote:
BTW, Mr Clean Magic Eraser is good for cleaning blood spatter.



Hmmmm.... have you murdered anyone lately?

jk lol



I remember reading from a few members who just ended up docking the tail because it wouldnt heal..


good luck, hopefully you can get it to heal!

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Postby Kingsgurl » Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:56 pm

I feel you, Mysti gets this too occasionally. We get a big plastic syringe cover from the vet (they cut off the end for me) so it's like a plastic tube, open at both ends) then we pad the inside a bit with gauze and wrap it onto the tail tip. The tip of the tail should extend about 3/4 of the way into the 'tube' and the wrap should go about 3/4 of the way up the rest of the tail if you want it to stay on. If he bothers it, you may need an e-collar in addition to this.
WARNING- this HURTS when it hits you at 5 million wags a minute, but it works.

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Postby Allie » Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:15 pm

ewwiesx wrote:Hmmmm.... have you murdered anyone lately?

jk lol


Well, not lately ;)

My Sidda had a bad bout of scratching her ears open and shaking blood all over the walls.

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Postby Amie » Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:15 pm

Well, I figured I'd try the New Skin first, then go to the syringe-rigged cast if that didn't work. I took him out to work in the parking lot, where every person who has ever lived in my complex came out to talk to him, including six feral children, two of whom I've never seen before. So of course he wagged himself bloody again.

We came inside, and if anyone happened to look in my window then, they would have had me arrested for illegal (and really gross looking) activity.

I had Oscar down, then I sat on top of him with my butt on his shoulders and my feet hooked together in front of his chest so he couldn't go forward. I then had my elbows on the ground so that one hand could hold his tail and the other could dip the New Skin. Very awkward but effective for application.

We'll see how it works!

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Postby rednoseErnie » Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:21 pm

Ernie gets this all the time. We are just now coming off of a 2-month bout. Our house also looks like a massacre scene. Now that the wound is (crosses fingers) almost healed, we will go ahead and scrub all the walls down. Its going to be a bitch though.

We find that the most damage to the tail is done right when we get home from work- thats when he wags it against the walls. So, right when we get home, we put a bandaid on it. And in general, we corral him around the house, and try to steer him away from walls or tables.

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Postby karladaune » Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:24 pm

The ONLY thing that worked for Booker's happy tail was New Skin. He flinched the first time, only slightly, and after that he was fine. The key is to be sure to reapply it often (like daily) so that a coating builds up to protect the owwie...

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Postby Kingsgurl » Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:34 pm

And in general, we corral him around the house, and try to steer him away from walls or tables.


Either Mysti is too big or my house too small, this never worked for long enough for it to heal COMPLETELY (if it doesn't, you are just fighting the same battle, over and over) The syringe cover worked well enough the first time for it to heal completely, the second time was because she was at my work in a much more confined space and re-split it. I WISH New Skin would have solved it, but we had to take more drastric measures lol

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Postby Dizzy » Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:00 am

Kingsgurl wrote:I feel you, Mysti gets this too occasionally. We get a big plastic syringe cover from the vet (they cut off the end for me) so it's like a plastic tube, open at both ends) then we pad the inside a bit with gauze and wrap it onto the tail tip. The tip of the tail should extend about 3/4 of the way into the 'tube' and the wrap should go about 3/4 of the way up the rest of the tail if you want it to stay on. If he bothers it, you may need an e-collar in addition to this.
WARNING- this HURTS when it hits you at 5 million wags a minute, but it works.


Ditto on the syringe cover. I tried the new skin on Riley for a while, and he absolutely hated the stuff. Plus when he did leave it alone, it was never a thick enough coat to keep him from breaking it open again. :(

The syringe cover is the only thing we've been able to make work. We call it his "tail helmet." He's not crazy about it, either, but I can coat it in bitter apple, and he'll leave it alone. :thumbsup:

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Postby Amie » Fri Mar 14, 2008 8:46 am

Well, I believe it's the smell that bothers him. He's not acting like it hurts at all (not that that's a shock from Mr. Stoic) but he ran the first time I opened the bottle. I did get a nice thick coat on there today and he's not licking or chewing at it, so I think it's okay.

I think later tonight I'm going to try to wash it all off, since it's clotted on top of a very blood soaked tail tip (dried blood, but still). Hopefully that will allow me to get closer to the actual wound, and give it better protection.

I am a little disappointed no one's offered to buy me a bigger house to prevent this to begin with. And here I thought you were pit bull lovers....

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Postby akaspaddero » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:42 am

Anyone tell me some additional information on the New Skin?

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Postby Amie » Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:02 am

What do you know so far?

It's called "New Skin" and I got it in the bandage section of a Rite Aid, so it's widely available. There were several options - this claims to be the "first" liquid bandage, but there's a Band-aid brand and a few generics, as I recall. I picked this one because of the applicator. Since I'm putting it on a furry body, the brush (similar to nail polish brush) made sense to me. But there were other choices, too. It's about the same consistency of a slightly old clear nail polish - just a bit thicker than new polish.

I'd read on the internet that it stings a LOT - people who used it complained that it was extremely painful. Oscar had NO reaction to any pain.

It does stink - it must stink to high heaven, because I can actually smell it and I have very, very little sense of smell.


Here's the website: http://www.newskinproducts.com/liquid-bandage.htm


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