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What is Happy Tail?

The happy tail of a dog is their “mark” on the world. It can convey happiness, dread, uncertainty, or confidence. It’s a part of who they are.

So, what should a pet do if its tail is injured? Tail injuries can be challenging and frustrating to treat. Happy tail occurs when a dog wags their tail violently, hitting objects (such as walls, furniture, or even humans) and injuring themselves in the process. West Park Animal Hospital is always delighted to assist with tail repairs, but happy tail syndrome in dogs may be complicated to treat.

Where Do Happy Tails Go Bad?

A dog’s tail contains 20 vertebrae (though certain breeds with short tails have fewer) and can carry a powerful punch.

When a dog’s strong tail continuously hits solid things with force during a wagging session, the thin skin of the tail splits open, resulting in happy tail syndrome.

You’d think that this injury would be enough to put even the happiest tail on the ground, but it’s not always the case. The exuberant appendage usually continues to wag, leaving blood splatters in its wake. The happy tail syndrome can make it appear as if Dexter just dropped by.

Breeds with short or curled tails are obviously unlikely to have the happy tail syndrome. Breeds with long tails and aggressive personalities, such as Labradors, Pitbulls, and hunting breeds, are particularly vulnerable.

What is a happy tail syndrome?

As I said before, it happens when a dog wags their tail violently, hitting objects (such as walls, furniture, or even humans) and injuring themselves in the process.

The good thing is that if you discover happy tail syndrome early, you can prevent it from worsening. 

All the information you’ll ever need, including how to cure happy tail syndrome if you suspect your dog already has it, is right here.

What Exactly Is Happy Tail Syndrome?

We love seeing our dogs happy — floppy mouths, wiggling bottoms, and tails wagging — but for some dogs, these happy times culminate in excessive wagging, with the dog’s tail whacking so hard that the tip becomes hurt.

An open wound is caused by repeated slaps of the tail against walls, doorways, and other hard surfaces. In some circumstances, tail injuries might include shattered vertebrae or torn tendons.

Happy tail syndrome, also known as “kennel tail” and “bleeding tail,” should not be confused with “limber tail syndrome,” another ailment related to an injured tail.

Labrador Retrievers, Pit Bulls, Great Danes, Greyhounds, Dobermans, and other large, short-haired dogs with muscular tails are more prone to experience the happy tail syndrome.

What is the treatment for Happy Tail Syndrome?

Vets have a difficult time treating the happy tail syndrome. According to Dr Tony Johnson, DVM of the Veterinary Information Network, the tip of the tail is “an extraordinarily tough” area to bandage since it tends to break off quickly. 

Dogs with the happy tail syndrome are inclined to be overly energetic, excitable tail-waggers, regardless of how much pain they are in, making it nearly impossible to keep the wound covered and clean. As a result, the happy tail syndrome is frequently a reoccurring issue.

If you notice raw, reddish, or irritated tail skin, contact your veterinarian immediately to discuss the matter before it worsens.

Your veterinarian would most likely advise you to clean the area and put it in a bandage as a preliminary step. A soft recovery collar (cone) helps keep your dog from licking or ripping the bandage off. 

If you are unable to manage treatment at home, or if the bandages just will not remain in place, consult your veterinarian about additional choices. 

You may need to get creative in order to keep the wound clean and wrapped – some vets have used pool noodles and various sorts of cushioning to do this. If your dog’s happy tail worsens, he may require minor stitching, K-laser treatments, or possibly surgical amputation.

The happy tail syndrome is a messy and convoluted condition. While you can’t bubblewrap the entire house, you can keep an eye out for this issue. And, with a little patience and love, you can continue to enjoy your pup’s funny tail wags safely.