A tail about something

If you’re lucky enough you may come home to one wagging for you, excited to see you and just happy you’re home! You might notice you dog’s tail behaving differently when they meet a stranger, dog or person, in the street or at a park. 

We use tail behaviour in certain situations to tell us if they’re happy and playing or upset, but did you know it can also tell us about pain?

A dog’s tail is an extension of their spine, made up of about 20 vertebrae and is not only used communication, but also balance

dog's tail

Do you know what your dog’s tail position means?

When you walk your dog, keep and eye out for their tail movement. Does it change throughout the walk? Does it start high and end low? Does it move more to one side than the other?

Holding the tail down with no movement or holding the tail in a certain position for balance to offload a sore joint, can be signs of pain

dog tail position

The movement, or lack thereof, can tell us lots about our dog!

The key to knowing if your dog needs a pain assessment by your vet or not is observation; really knowing their behaviour, resting positions, how active they usually are, how much they usually eat and drink and also feeling and recognising signs they may have pain to touch like skin crawls, whites of eyes showing and ears pinned back. 

If you have any questions about your senior or arthritic dog, please feel free to contact me. 

Sending lots of cuddles to your furbaby, 

Kylie ❤🐾

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