Wound on Dog’s Tail – Causes, Nature, Hints on the Treatment


Wounds of various sorts on the tail of a dog are rather a common occurrence in species, since these animals often get into a fight with each other when outside and also may get or cause an injury in their games or other activities. They can even tear this body part up themselves for various reasons.

Many canine handlers are often faced with such a condition in dogs as a wound on the pet’s tail, but not many keep abreast of an issue enough to choose the best way of action in such situation so as not to cause further damage.

Causes and Possible Nature of the Wounds

Any wound is an open mechanical injury of the tissue, accompanied by skin integrity damage. According to their clinical manifestations, wounds can all be divided into “tidy” (aseptic), contaminated and infected or inflamed. Surgical wounds in most cases fall into the category of ‘tidy’ wounds. Contaminated and inflamed are more often got in fighting with other animals, as well as various types of bruises, with torn or pulped injuries.

In addition to the above factors, abrasions and wounds on the tail (or in the sensitive areas under the dog’s tail) can also be a due to a bacterial skin lesion or a manifestation of contact dermatitis in the animal. Moreover, sometimes it is nothing more but a consequence of over-active wagging of this part of the body, which is often common in smaller dog breeds. If the wound occurred without visible causes, the exact agent of its occurrence can be identified only after a thorough diagnostics in a veterinary clinic and, if situation so requires, removal of cytological smears from the lesions and other necessary manipulations.

Any open wound on the dog’s tail, even the seemingly insignificant one, is likely to bleed, since in this part of the animal’s body the blood flow is always significant. The duration and discharge of bleeding depends on the individualities of the vascular system of a particular animal and its blood coagulability: in some dog breeds it happens faster, in others more slowly. But bleeding is not the only concern when it comes to treating your dog’s injuries, as wounds on the tail can also be accompanied by soreness in the pet and wound separation. The first symptom usually manifests itself when some nerve endings on the tail are damaged, the second may occur if it is not a puncture wound and was inflicted perpendicular to the fibers of the muscle tissue.

Most of the shallow wounds in a dog can treated in a standard way: the injury surface is to be carefully wiped with a disinfecting solution and smeared with brilliant green or iodine once a day, in order to accelerate the healing process. If there is a deep wound, it may also be recommended to bathe it in hydrogen peroxide or Furacilin solution, wipe carefully with a small amount of iodine or alcohol. After these manipulations be sure to take the wounded animal to the veterinary to have further professional treatment prescribed, as appropriate.

Scratch marks and wounds of smaller sizes on the dog’s tail usually do not cause inconvenience to the pet until they begin to heal forming a scab on the wound surface. And that is when the animal begins experiencing all the itching and discomfort. It may provoke the animal to start to nibble or lick its tail with enthusiasm, thus trying to get rid of the disagreeable sensation, and this, in its turn, prevents the wound from healing completely. Sometimes infection may get in the open wound and cause pyorrhea. All this often causes severe pain in the animal and triggers appearance of fenestration. The fistula on the tail is an insidious thing – since there are no soft tissues in this part of the animal’s body, the infection goes straight to the bone and is a headache to cure, Also, if the outcome is unfavorable, the tail of the dog undergoes a surgical operation.

Photo of Dogs’ Tails with Wounds

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In a situation like this, when the animal begins to scratch at the healing wound, it is very important to limit the pet’s access to the tail by special ‘pants’ or a protective collar on the animal’s neck, which will provide protection from the animal’s encroachment on the wounded tail and will promote its healing. The coat of the animal may also be smeared around the wound with Levomycetin solution, which, due to its bitter taste, will repel the dog from biting its tail again. Anyway, if there is an infected wound on the dog’s tail, do not hesitate to visit your veterinary as soon as possible for a checkup and, if necessary, administration of potent antibiotics.

Important Considerations

Many owners deem it necessary to begin intensive administration of vitamins to a wounded animal, believing that this should help speed up the healing process. But in fact, in case of  contagion of a bacterial infection in a wound, the increased intake of vitamins may cause more damage than actual good, as the bacteria absorb vitamins with greater intensively than the dog’s organism itself.

Wound healing is not an easy process. If the wound is deep and does not heal seem to get better for long period time, it may be advisable to treat not only the injury itself, but also the cause of its occurrence, and to do this it is necessary to have a consultation with a highly qualified veterinarian.

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