My Dog’s Tail is Down and Hurts What Should I Do?

By Julie •  Updated: 02/09/21 •  3 min read
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Dogs use their tails to communicate with us and other dogs. A tucked tail can mean the dog is scared, while a furiously wagging, highly raised tail means some type of excitement or agitation. This could mean the dog is extremely happy or it can even indicate aggressiveness. A tail that moves from a high position to a lower can indicate the dog is unsure or he’s waiting to see how things develop.

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Have you noticed that your dog seems to be holding his tail down? Is it painful when touched? If so, then we’re glad you’re here. That’s because when a dog holds his tail down, he could be suffering from a medical condition.

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What are the Causes of a Dog Holding His Tail Down?

When a dog holds his tail down it can be caused for several reasons. However, if the tail seems painful to the touch, then there may be an underlying medical problem.

A “down” tail can be caused by:

Muscle injury: this problem can be caused by strained or injured muscles. The muscles may become inflamed, which causes the tail to hang down. In most cases, this problem may resolve itself.

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Exposure to cold: when a dog is exposed to cold water or even cold weather, he could keep his tail down and it could be painful.

Overexertion: when a dog goes from being inactive to being more active, a down tail can develop. When this happens, the dog is unable to wag his tail.

Prolonged confinement: if a dog is kept in his crate for extended periods, then he may develop a down tail, which can also be painful. This happens when the tail is held in one position for too long and it falls asleep.

Underlying medical problems: can also cause a down tail and pain. This can be caused by gland inflammation, osteoarthritis, or even prostate trouble.

Treatment of Down Tail in Dogs

If your dog is suffering from a limp tail, then it’s a good idea to have him checked by the vet. This is because the problem can be caused by underlying health issues, which can’t be treated at home.

Treatment will depend on the vet’s diagnosis. In most cases, dogs with this problem will make a full recovery. But this issue may require medical treatment.

Once your dog has been treated, he’ll be back to himself again! You’ll notice he’s now able to show his happiness and love with those great tail wags!

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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