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Old 08-12-2009, 02:54 PM
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Default Preventing 'swimmers tail' in dogs

About a week and a half ago I took my lab swimming and I started his dock diving training, he did awesome and had a blast, fetching his toy in the water and jumping off the low dock, well after we went back home I noticed he had gotten what some people call 'swimmers tail' also known as cold or limp tail. It took a week for it to be totally back to normal, it has happened before but was better in 2 days.

He loves to swim and now I'm worried whenever I take him dock diving or swimming that this will happen to his poor tail, is there anyway I can prevent this, like ways to strenghten his tail?

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Old 08-12-2009, 03:35 PM
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My advice is to keep him from overdoing it. Also, make sure he isn't swimming in cold water and getting too hot. I think the temperature change from cold to hot makes swimmers tail worse. If it's been awhile since my girls swam and I think they have overdone it, I will give them a dose os aspirin or rimadyl shortly after swimming.
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:11 PM
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Aww, I hate swimmers tail! The poor dogs look so pittiful!

I agree, I think it's the cold water that makes it worse. I had a lab get it once, though, and he had not been swimming AND it wasn't particularly cold out. So I don't know if there's really a way to prevent it. Rimadyl did the trick for that dog, though, he was back to normal in about 12 hours.
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Old 08-13-2009, 09:17 AM
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Swimmers tail. Thats interesting. I have never heard of that. Is it real common?
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Old 08-13-2009, 09:49 AM
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Swimmers tail. Thats interesting. I have never heard of that. Is it real common?
Not common as in every Lab gets it, but it does happen often.

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Old 08-13-2009, 01:03 PM
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yes i do agree on that
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:41 PM
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Amazing. I have never seen such a thing and i have been around labs and pointers all my life.
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Old 08-14-2009, 08:46 AM
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Amazing. I have never seen such a thing and i have been around labs and pointers all my life.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who hasn't heard of it.
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:43 AM
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I never knew that existed either... I'd be pretty freaked out if that happened to my dog without reading this first!
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:39 AM
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I never knew that existed either... I'd be pretty freaked out if that happened to my dog without reading this first!
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