Susan Suluth, Minnesota 6/4/2015 8:51:52 PM My Boxer/Mastiff girl Dora, has swimmers tail for the third time. 2 years ago, it was virtually unheard of. We were 100s of miles out in woods. Thankfully someone had a computer phone and looked up the symptoms, that gave us a name. Most people have never heard of it. At that time, her pain was so great, she would hardly move. I sat in the warm sun/shade with her for 3 days. I had Homeopathic Arnica Montana in first aide, gave her the oral, and rubbed her tail with the oil. It helped. I have always heard of dangers of human pharmas on animals are not to be given. So she got better with the Arnica. Last year, she got it again, rest, Arnica, and the oil rub. Now June 2015, 2 days, I thought we were taking it slow, but her mom entered the fun, and once again, Dora over did it. So once again, the Arnica and oil gave some relief. Today we went to a vet and I bought her some Rimadyl. I hope we never have to use it. It is an animal safe pain killer. But, now I know how to break her into the swimming slowly, which will be hard to do, but it is a fact. She has sprained the tail muscles. I am unsure if she is more susceptible now, as sprains in humans are. It will be hard to keep her full blast out of the water. I hope this has given some insight to those that are unaware. It is very scary, but your dog will heal, and have that happy high wagging tail within a week. Healthy Dogs!