Bummer….Broken Tail

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Bummer….Broken Tail

Post by Garrison » Thu Jan 26, 2023 8:19 pm

Came home on Monday and when coming through the garage door to the house, my setter got his trail caught in the door. He yelped, but a few minutes later he showed no sign of discomfort and all looked normal for the rest of the week. When I let him out of his crate this morning, it was curled down and he was showing discomfort and trying to lick it. I took him to the vet and the 4th vertebrae from the end is fractured. I have a splint coming to try and help it heal a bit straighter, and the vet thinks the way it fractured it won’t be crooked from side to side. Hoping for the best, but also have some realistic expectations. Could be worse but still stinks when you own a long tail.

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Re: Bummer….Broken Tail

Post by NEhomer » Fri Jan 27, 2023 4:26 am

Oh man, so sorry to hear that. My setter pushes through the spring loaded front screen door and I'm always worried that it'll slam on his tail.

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Re: Bummer….Broken Tail

Post by Sharon » Fri Jan 27, 2023 12:02 pm

Sorry to hear that. It's always something. :(
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Re: Bummer….Broken Tail

Post by Garrison » Fri Jan 27, 2023 12:12 pm

Always something, but that’s what we are here for!

I noticed this morning when he went to lift a leg, he straightened out his tail and it looked completely normal. Keeping my fingers crossed. The break was center of the bone and no damage to the joint, so maybe, just maybe, we might come out of this better than it could have been.

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Re: Bummer….Broken Tail

Post by Garrison » Thu Feb 02, 2023 11:23 am

Update:

Well it’s looking better every day. Tails are notoriously difficult to immobilize, but luckily it was near the end and I found a product that helped tremendously for where the fracture was located. It utilizes a braided material that acts similar to a child’s finger handcuff. I snuggly vet wrap about 6” of the tail, place this contraption on and secure it with a couple half pieces of duct tape. I have to do it about twice a day, and he has become accustomed to it, and seems to be leaving it alone even after we ditched the head cone. When I take it off it seems to be pretty straight. 🤞🏻

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Re: Bummer….Broken Tail

Post by mask » Fri Feb 03, 2023 11:58 am

I hope all turns out good. You always hear that a dog does not find birds with their tail but I hate tp see a dogs beauty altered by an injury. Some people that make those kind of statements may just have a dog with lousy tail. :lol:

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Re: Bummer….Broken Tail

Post by Garrison » Sun Feb 12, 2023 12:21 am

Well it was going well. Then he some how hit it just right and re-injured the tail. It became much worse and infected. Tried our best, but going to have to amputate a portion of it. Really stinks!

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Re: Bummer….Broken Tail

Post by Sharon » Sun Feb 12, 2023 10:03 am

I'm sorry that happened Garrison.
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Re: Bummer….Broken Tail

Post by NEhomer » Mon Feb 13, 2023 4:57 pm

So sorry Garrison...and after all the pia of wrapping it and trying to keep it still. Best of luck to you~

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Re: Bummer….Broken Tail

Post by Garrison » Mon Feb 13, 2023 9:35 pm

NEhomer wrote:
Mon Feb 13, 2023 4:57 pm
So sorry Garrison...and after all the pia of wrapping it and trying to keep it still. Best of luck to you~
Thanks, it really does stink. But there are much worse issues to deal with, still have a healthy hunting buddy.

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Re: Bummer….Broken Tail

Post by Willie T » Fri Feb 17, 2023 6:26 pm

Sorry to hear it Garrison. Looking for a bright side here. I bet he will be a dog you always remember…
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