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 Post subject: dead tail AGAIN [limber tail, acute caudal myopathy]
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:31 am 
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the shepherd-pitty has it AGAIN.
poor boy, he's sore. i have no idea why he gets it, all the research i do says it's from working too hard [this dog does no work whatsoever, no hunting, no anything. his idea of hunting is digging for grubs in my grass lately]. he seems to get it about twice a year, maybe more.
anybody have any experience with this? vet just says antiinflammatories. i hate to see him hurting because he cannot keep that tail still for love nor money.

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 Post subject: Re: dead tail AGAIN [limber tail, acute caudal myopathy]
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is this the thing when their tail for whatever reason just goes completely limp and hangs totally flat against their butt?

that happened to our lab once after we went camping.
for some reason the stuff we looked up called it "cold tail" but it sounds like the exact same thing.
it said something about sometimes cold water can do it. our lab doesn't swim (he is a terrible lab) but he does like to wade and walk around in water and since we had gone camping im pretty sure he had been in water so we figured it was the cold water did something to the muscles.

he was pretty sore and I think we did the same thing. just anti inflammatories til it got better which it did within a few days.
for our dog we also just let him chill out and relax for a few days since we had just got back from camping he was really tired.

unfortunately Im not sure what else there is to do. you could try massaging the base of his tail (on the top of course!) and see if he likes that. not sure if that would help or be annoying to him.

poor pup :-(
it was so sad to see a lab with a tail just hanging there. it's so weird!

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 Post subject: Re: dead tail AGAIN [limber tail, acute caudal myopathy]
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yes, exactly, cold tail.
he has no access to water to swim in. which is why i find it so frustrating. no hunting, no swimming!! why does my mutt get this??
he gets VERY upset if I touch his tail. i was thinking about putting a hot water bottle there later when i have a chance to just sit around.

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 Post subject: Re: dead tail AGAIN [limber tail, acute caudal myopathy]
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maybe he wags it too much and pulls a muscle?

poor pup! :-(

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 Post subject: Re: dead tail AGAIN [limber tail, acute caudal myopathy]
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i suspect he does. he is a big wagger.

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I think physio and acupuncture are becoming popular for this, but I'll be completely honest and say I don't know squat about it and have never come across it.

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 Post subject: Re: dead tail AGAIN [limber tail, acute caudal myopathy]
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ive always wondered about acupuncture for animals because I get it done on myself and love it and one of the dr's at our vet hospital is certified in it but I just cant even imagine either of my dogs lying there compliant while someone jabbed needles in them.
and then sitting still for awhile while there are needles in them.

I think a lot of older dogs with arthritis get it so maybe they are too old and sore to put up a fuss.

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 Post subject: Re: dead tail AGAIN [limber tail, acute caudal myopathy]
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LisaPunk wrote:
ive always wondered about acupuncture for animals because I get it done on myself and love it and one of the dr's at our vet hospital is certified in it but I just cant even imagine either of my dogs lying there compliant while someone jabbed needles in them.
and then sitting still for awhile while there are needles in them.

I've seen dogs getting acupuncture done, and usually they find it relaxing. My dad used to get it for his old dog, a big german shepherd who was always very alert in public. But whenever he had his acupuncture sessions, he would end up lying down and almost falling asleep!


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 Post subject: Re: dead tail AGAIN [limber tail, acute caudal myopathy]
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i usually fell asleep during acupuncture [except for that one needle that shot a lightning bolt through my body]. I can see the dogs being OK. from what i've seen they start with a bit of a massage over the top of the pelvic bones [sorta? a little forward from the hips] and i know my dogs have always loved being touched there, it makes them calm right down, assuming you're calm and not making them more excited.

Nacho was better yesterday, wagging normally, but then this morning he was at half-mast. I gave him part of an aspirin and we'll see how he does. It is colder outside today, and looks like it might be cool all week. He does not like to sleep in his doghouse lately, i don't know what his deal is. I wish I could wrap him up in a snuggly or something.

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 Post subject: Re: dead tail AGAIN [limber tail, acute caudal myopathy]
PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:43 am 
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just an update, it was about 4 or 5 days total. i gave him aspirin only on the days when he seemed sore (hate to overdo it, and he really is hard to pill- only i can seem to do it and it takes a bit of effort). and now, good as new. next week is supposed to be the next cold snap, i hope it won't be every time we get cold.

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