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Question by weaver
Submitted on 8/26/2003
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We went on vacation and left our  black lab with good friends.  Upon our return, the worst of news.  Our dog was injured.  Apparently, he had jump off a water dock and sprained his tail.  We immediately took him to the vet upon our arrival home.  The vet, though cautious in his answer, said this could happen.  To your knowledge, have you ever heard of this happening, or do we need to investigate?  Thank you,  Weaver

Answer by Kenneth
Submitted on 1/2/2004
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Yes this can happen and it does happen with the dog jumping out of boats off docks and any platform that are not secure to a good fixed position I.E as the dog leeps, the boat moves the other direction causing the leep to be less and as you know the tail is the last to enter the water or therfor causing the tail to drag and hit the dock or boat.This has happened to my dogs in the past while hunting.Unless someone pulled his or her tail to get her or him out of the water while on the dock this could happen too...  


Answer by Brett Haywood
Submitted on 1/28/2004
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Its Limber Tail Syndrom,,,and can be caused by swiming alone.  For more info, "google" it.  For anyone who is interested in their dogs jumping off docks, like they do on ESPN, check out www.dockdogs.com.


Answer by chockie
Submitted on 11/6/2005
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I have a chocolate labrador who recently sprained his tail as a result of swimming in the sea at the beach.The dog uses his tail as an aid to swim and overuse can cause sprain.This is a common occurance in working dogs and as with all sprains heals by itself with time.Some vets will prescribe anti flammetry drugs to speed up recovery.my dog recovered in about 4 days after swimming.


Answer by lisacarl
Submitted on 6/19/2006
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Hello!  Our dog fits the above limber tail syndrome - however, we believe she got it by jumping from a pool ledge into the pool.  I read that you can get it by swimming alone...what do you do for treatment?  I suppose I will google it and see!  Ours was a black lab too!


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