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Limp tail syndrome

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Ray Gubernat

If it has lasted this long..it is bad.  Most cases I have had lasted a few days at most.  I would give some thought to splinting the tail especially to support the area where the tail bends.  That is obviously the locus of the injury/inflammation.  The more immobile you can keep the tail, the better.  (I am no vet but it sounds like there was/is a relatively sever sprain. so treating it like one is probably your best course of action. 

If it were my dog I'd get a length of PVC pipe with the interior diameter the size of the lower part of the dog's tail, cut in about half, lengthwise and wrap it in place under the tail for support.   Keep up with the anti inflammatory meds and keep the dog quiet and warm.

 

I'm not sure I would continue with the chiropractic, as that might be aggravating the inflammation.

 

Good luck.

 

RayG

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Dogwood

Vet needs to do a neurologic exam of tail and entire rear quarters.

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20gauge

 Asked vet about a stint and both said no. Thank you for the idea , it was worth a try. My vet that is doing laser continues to be optimistic he will get better

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20gauge
22 minutes ago, 20gauge said:

Cannot get picture to link. Lol

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SLR
8 hours ago, 20gauge said:
8 hours ago, 20gauge said:

Cannot get picture to link. Lol

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29 minutes ago, SLR said:

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Clueless1

Not a pointing dog, but I have a thread below this one with a lab.  It was 3-4 weeks before I was comfortable that his tail was completely healed.  And I'm still paying attention to it, although he hunted last week for 4-5 hours without a problem. 

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20gauge

Update on my dog. Have not seen much improvement. It has been 5 weeks and still not looking good. Thanks everyone for there suggestions, I am going to not run him the rest of season to give him every chance to get over this. 

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Brad Eden

That's too bad, hopefully a long time down will get it right.

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Dogwood

If you pinch his tail can he A) feel it? Turns his head sharply or avoids?  B) Move it?

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20gauge

Yes if you pinch tail he can feel it but it but it does not hurt him. He really has never  acted like his tail hurts him at all. He can wags his tail side to side with no side effects

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SLR

I would just say the diagnosis of limber tail was wrong or incomplete. The critical point for me is the crook in the tail. I don't see that as part of the limber tail picture. Not seeing the crook and/or the X-ray of that spot, it is hard to guess.  I have no idea as to what the problem is/was, but it is not like any limber tail I have ever seen, nor read about. I see limber tail as a kind of overuse injury, like tennis elbow, tendonitis and myopathy.  

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Dogwood

Like 5 weeks now?!  Geez.  Time to try some prednisone and quit the screwin' around;).  Laser schmazer.

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20gauge

If you google search limp tail syndrome in English setter you can see a picture of how tail looks crooked. I will ask vet about prednisone, I had previously used rimaydl for inflammation

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