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ralandon89

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I'm at work right now and we're boarding a 100lb female English Mastiff. She came in bleeding profusely from the tip of her tail, and her owners made it seem like no big deal, it happens all the time, it'll stop, etc.  Well I came in at 3 pm, it's almost 6 pm now, and this dog is STILL bleeding.  The problem is that she keeps whacking it on stuff and making it bleed more.  What can I do to get the bleeding to stop?  She won't let me put any pressure on it, and I don't want to put something on it tight and cut off circulation.  She HAS to be put in a crate tonite, so we have that against us. What can I do???

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I have a bitch with constant happy tail, we had to line her kennel with thin plastic and we'd wrap it with gause. You can also try the "stop bleed" powder usually used for nails.

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Do you have some kind of tube there like a paper towel tube or a plastic tube,  whatever you can find that you can slip over the part of the tail. Then get some Vet wrap. Smear antibiotic ointment or bag balm on the cut,   Bandage up the tail ,slip the tube over the bandage and tape the whole thing with the wrap. You will have change the bandage every day.


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Brewsters tail bled like Crazy,  I tried Socks, Plastic Tubes, special ointments, liquid band-aid and nothing worked except when I used triple Antibiotic heavily then wrapped in in Gauze and then wrapped all of that in Duck Tape except the very end,  I left it open for Air. It took a long time but it did heal totally. Happy tail is not always so happy but I guess they don't even feel it!


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My old girl Teazer had a very bad case of Happy Tail.  We tried everything including putting my husbands boxers on her with her tail out one leg.  Nothing was completely a cure so after 6 months of bloody walls and such we opted for a docking. So there she is at 10 3/4 years young with a 6 inch stubby, which she still wags a bunch.



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Okay, so we tried a few different things, and she wags her tail so hard that she flings them off.  The problem is that the wound is on the very tip of her tail, so nothing wants to stay on, and nothing will protect it.  It seriously looks like we slaughered something in our building because she has slung so much blood everywhere.  I put her up for the night and she laid right down, so maybe it'll scab over tonite, and tomorrow I can try to rig something else up.
On a different note... Miss Maggie is such a sweet and pretty girl.  Very busy and agile, she runs all over the place.


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Here are a few different methods of bandaging:

http://www.grassmere-animal-hospital.com/happy_tail_bandaging.htm

http://www.dogstuff.info/tail_healing_method_arndt.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Wrap-a-Dog's-Tail

http://www.dogstuff.info/tail_healing_method_arndt.html

http://www.animalrehab.on.ca/supports/supports.php

My favorite: http://leerburg.com/tail.htm


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If the tip of the bone is exposed the skin can't close since the bone is protruding. I had that with my Brandy and I had to clip the bone so that the tail skin would cover the exposed bone. Ice may help to slow the bleed and syptic powder can be bought in any drug store over the counter.

Now you know why many breeds have docked tails!

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I had that problem with Duncan we were getting close to considering docking. Everything we out on it he got off until we padded and wrapped the tip with gauze and then wrapped his whole tail in an ace badage. Now they have the wraps that stick to themselves those would work great too. We changed the dressing every day and made sure nothing was too tight. It took a while but that worked. We always joke that if anyone ever Luminols our hallway it would like a massacre took place there!
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I had this problem with Morrigan, the only bandage she would leave on her tail was just a bandaid bandage that was only as big as the wound. I had tried wrapping her tail up in horse wrap, gauze etc... she ate it all. Neosporin and a regular bandage that fit over the wound was the best. I think it was too tiny and sticky she could not get it off. If anyone would ever take a black light into my old house, they would wonder who was murdered there! Blood splatter all over the wall from her tail, it was horrible!


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 Cooter had this happen to him--and it was bad.   He had a chunck missing off the tip of his tail

 I cleaned it --use quickstop to stop the bleeding--put neosporin on the open area--then I use 4 x 4 guaze around it and over the tail tip until I had a great big padded dressing--Taped the dressing together--and then placed two strips of duct tape  lengthwise down the tail starting about 8 inches above the dressing--and "sandwiched it together.   I fold up the edges of the duct tape --one over and one under-and I then repeated the duct tape again down the sides.

I left it in place for 5 days--took it off, cleaned it--and reapplied it.  We left it in place for 3 weeks until it was healed.  Eventually the hair grew back over the tail tip and it is now just fine.

One other important thing I did was remove all hard edges that he could strick his tail against.  I set up his dog house outside his pen so he could not beat his tail on the side of the dog house--that helped a ton.

I have seen Great danes with a harness thingy that hold the tail down and keeps them from wagging it so much--that would work, too.

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The best thing that I have found that will stay on is Elastikon Elastic Tape.  You can order it online. 


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ralandon89

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Thanks all!
Miss Maggie had stopped bleeding the next morning, and did not reinjure during her stay with us.  What a sweet, busy little girl she was!  We went through to do our major post-holiday scrub down yesterday and I was still finding splatters of blood in crazy places!  I suspect she may have many more occurrences of happy tail with the way she wags that thing!  At the end of the first day, she had blood up her own sides from wagging it!



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Bump for Jennifer

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I've had a lot of success with placing the case of a 60cc syringe over the tail.  First, I drill a ton of small holes in the casing, to allow air flow.  Then, I tape the top of it to the tail, using  2" Elastikon.  It's worked great for me because the case allows air to flow through and heal, while protecting the tail from thumping the cage as even a soft bandage would.

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