Does your dog suddenly find it difficult to hold up and wag his tail as usual? If so, it could be suffering from watery tail.
Water tail is a relatively common phenomenon during the summer months when dogs bathe more than usual. It can also affect dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors in rainy and cold weather. It is likely to be an inflammation of the nerves and muscles of the root of the tail that occurs when the tail has been exposed to wet and cold conditions for a long time and/or if the dog has used the muscles of the tail unusually much.
The dog may find it difficult to raise the tail as usual and it often hangs straight down. The dog may show signs of distress or pain when you take it over the tail or back end. If you have a bitch, she may show discomfort when she has to sit down to pee.
What should you do if your dog is affected?
Water tails are not a dangerous condition and often go away on their own within a few days. Make sure the area around the root of the tail is kept dry and warm. Avoid bathing your dog during this period. Water tails can be painful for the dog and sometimes painkillers need to be given.
What can you do to prevent watery tail?
Dry your dog, especially around the back, if your dog gets wet after a bath or a rainy walk. If you are out a lot, a raincoat may be a good investment.
If the symptoms do not go away after a few days or if your dog seems generally affected, you should contact a vet to see if he needs to be examined. Similar symptoms may be signs of other, more serious conditions and if you are unsure, you should always consult a vet.