Dog’s Bleeding Tail Needs Time to Heal

A stirrup-type bandage will stay on – if dog wears a special collar, too.


Q. My dog has a bloody tail tip of his tail that is continually aggravated by his wagging. Is there a good way to bandage it so it will heal?

A. The only way your dog’s tail will heal properly is to get him to stop wagging it.
How do you get dogs to stop wagging their tails? Can you read them depressing news? Can you scold them and glare at them? Can you command them to stop wagging? Why are dogs so irrepressibly happy most of the time?
One well-known “Far Side” cartoon by Gary Larson shows the many moods of the Irish Setter, including depressed, suicidal, sad, introverted, etc. In every picture, the dog appears as a “smiling” goofball.
OK, given that you probably can’t get your dog to stop wagging his tail, he needs a soft, padded bandage on the tail tip. The vet will clip his tail of hair, clean up the wound, then use a stirrup-type bandage halfway up the tail.
To keep your dog from chewing the bandage off, he’ll need a protective collar. The newer soft, flexible ones are easier on dogs and owners alike.
Keep the bandage and collar on for at least a week to allow the tail to heal.

Or, try to figure out a way to stop him from wagging his tail Good luck with that!


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Eric   Syracuse, New York

3/14/2014 8:24:34 AM

I found the perfect solution to help get your dog's tail tip to

Finger Splint with (metal
Dog cone: (recommend using inflatable


Medicine if

**May need assistance, to help keep your dog from

All the items listed can be purchased at your local pharmacy all together for about $20 -
Except the dog cone I recommend the inflatable one it's easier on your dog's

neck, this can be purchased at a Pet shop, I know Petsmart has them.

Depending on size about $20 -


First apply Neosporine to affected

Next wrap your dog's tail tip in the vet wrap. Cut to size. I recommend at least 1" to

Next place the finger splint over vet wrap/over tail tip.

Squeeze the finger splint together to make it more snug. Do not squeeze too much, may hurt dog in
Next wrap the sports tape around finger splint and up onto tail at least 3" - 4" on the tail

above where the finger splint ends. This is key otherwise when your dog wages their tail it will fly
Then place dog cone around your dog's neck this will help your dog from getting at their tail.

However your dog may still be able to get at tail. The metal on the finger splint will help to
your dog from biting If your dog is persistent i then recommend buying a spray that

will discourage your dog from biting the

Change the bandage every day or at most every other day to prevent infection.

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Amanda nguyen   westminster, California

1/25/2014 3:01:07 PM

So my puppy he is only about 10-14 weeks and my little brother was riding his skateboard while holding the puppy and he trip and fell on the puppy tail and so later i came to hold him up and i saw his tail bleeding. I tried to stop it by cleaning the blood off . now i don't know what to do because the blood wouldn't come off. Please help me anyone.

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Judy   parma, OH

2/2/2011 3:14:58 PM

i have tried everything to stop this .. its not working . My vet suggested amputation. I hate to do that .

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