My Dog’s Tail is Down But Wagging What Should I Do?

By Tom •  Updated: 02/16/21 •  3 min read
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Many of us believe a wagging tail means a happy dog! However, depending on the wag, the meaning could be completely different. Our dogs’ tails can let us know how they’re feeling and whether or not they’re feeling friendly, and more.

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Why Do Dogs Wag Their Tails?

Dogs use their tails to communicate with one another and with us, too. It shows how they’re feeling at any specific moment. Being able to read your dog’s tail and body language is part of being a pet parent. Your dog’s tail communicates as many expressions as a human face. Well, just about, anyway.

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What Does It Mean When my Dog’s Tail is Down and Wagging?

It could be an indication that he’s feeling insecure about something. It may also be an indication of feeling shy. Or perhaps he knows he’s done something wrong and that you’ll soon find out what it was!

Your dog may be letting you know he’s happy to see you, but he’s tired from his busy day at the dog park. His tail could also be saying he’s expressing the understanding that you’re the leader of the pack. This is a sign of his submission.

If your dog’s tail is down and it seems as if he can’t move it, then you may need to take it to be checked by the vet. Your dog could have a condition called limber tail syndrome.

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What is Limber Tail Syndrome?

Limber tail syndrome is often found in larger dog breeds and can be caused by the dog being in cold water for too long. Another reason for this condition is overexertion of the tail, which strains the muscles and ligaments that hold the tail up and control its wagging.

You may also notice the base of the tail is stiff, which means your dog could be in pain. In most cases, the condition will resolve on its own. However, it’s always a good idea to check out any concerning symptoms with the vet. In rare cases, this condition can be caused by a broken tail or some other type of trauma. If trauma or a broken bone is the cause, the vet may need to repair the problem surgically.

So, if you’re worried, then be sure to call the vet. They’ll be able to let you know if this is a serious condition that requires treatment or not. Your fur baby will soon be back to himself again, wagging and all!

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Tom

Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!

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