You can tell by looking at the wagging tail that a dog is happy. And it does not even require a lot of effort – all you have to do is look at them and they immediately respond by whipping their tail back and forth. Some dogs start wagging their tail even if you only talk or play with them for a second.
Well, for dogs, that is their way of communication. But, do you know this happily wagging of tail might actually become a problem for them. The term that is used for it is known as “Happy Tail Syndrome”. This is one such condition that can cause a serious injury to your furry friend, if not taken proper care of.
Speaking of this syndrome, in this article we’ve covered all the information that you must know of. So, read on and get to know what exactly does the term mean and what can you do to avoid it.
What is Happy Tail Syndrome?
When a dog is excited, they tend to wag their tail rapidly. Here what a dog doesn’t know, is that with this rapid wagging if their tail hits a hard surface like a wall or table leg, the tip of the tail may end up getting split or cut. And this cut will keep on bleeding, as the dog continues to wag its tail splattering blood all over the area. There are also some terms for this condition, known as bleeding tail, splitting tail or kennel tail.
As a dog owner, what you should know is that a dog’s tail is not like the rest of his body and it takes quite a long time for the tail to completely heal due to their continuous wagging. In a worst-case scenario, a dog’s tail may even get amputated. If the cut is not looked after with proper care, it may lead to an infection putting the dog in even more pain. So, in order to prevent this infection, antibiotics and some pain medication should be given to them.
The treatment for might get difficult, as the tail needs to be covered at all times to protect it from any further damage. To know how you can wrap your dog’s tail in a perfect manner, consult a veterinarian, as they’ll provide you with proper instructions.
Bear in mind that a duct tape should never be used to wrap a dog’s tail, as it doesn’t stretch and let air pass through it. Also, since there are chances of the wound getting infected, bandages should be changed every day and the wound must be inspected for any fungal growth.
How can you prevent this syndrome from happening to your dog?
If there is someone who understands your dog better than anyone else, then that is you. The way they get excited when they see you and start wagging their tail can help you understand how you can prevent it. Ensure that there are no hard surfaces around your dog that they wag the tip of their tail on. If you are in tight corners where there are chairs, table legs, walls or any hard surface, ensure that you remain calm, as this will stop your dog from getting way too excited. Also, make sure that you are keeping your dog calm whenever you are taking them out for walks or playing.
Pay a keen attention to hard objects around them that might get in the way when they are wagging their tail. If you think that they are getting too excited, ask them to sit and try to make them calm, especially if they end up injuring their tail.
This is a great to way to prevent your dog’s tail from getting injured again, as it will now be swishing along the floor. If they are still not calming down, bring them to those areas of home or outside where there are no obstructions.
What else can help?
To make sure that your dog doesn’t get affected by happy tail syndrome, provide them with a proper diet. A diet that is rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids will promote a healthy skin and their coat will help them recover from injuries faster.
Also, make sure that your dog is having a thick furry tail and don’t chop their fur off using those pet clippers of yours, as this will provide a padding effect when they wag their tail against hard objects.
We hope the article has helped you comprehend what is Happy Tail Syndrome and what actions you can take to avoid it.