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Old 04-18-2013, 08:42 PM
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Default Adding to the list of tail-related injuries...

So I came home for agility class today and noticed Cricket's tail looked...off. I felt along it and discovered a big kink about two inches from the end (bent probably 60 degrees or so). I couldn't feel any major swelling, but I was handling it pretty gingerly so I can't say that for sure.

It doesn't really seem to be bothering her - she didn't particularly like me touching it, but didn't yelp or pull away or anything. Seems to be moving and wagging it normally, and she ran agility fine tonight. I have absolutely no idea how she did it; it didn't get caught in a door as far as anything knows. The weird thing is that she is usually not very pain tolerant, and would have definitely carried on when it happened, but no one saw her hurt it.

So...has anyone dealt with this before? She does have a vet appointment for tomorrow but I thought I'd ask here too. I'm guessing it's broken, because it's a pretty large kink, but I don't know for sure. The vet will probably prescribe steroids to help with inflammation, but has anyone here successfully wrapped/splinted a tail? I don't have high hopes because the break is right at the end, so anything I put on there is likely to go flying off when she wags it.
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