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Old 06-30-2008, 10:11 AM
 
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Has anyone heard about this?

I have a dalmation mix (or pure but missing alot of spots!) and she had periodic low back/tail spasms that cause her alot of pain.

One time her tail spasmed so bad it stuck out straight.

I can tell when she has this coming on due to the pained look in her eyes, and it can last for days.

A vet said it was "cold tail syndrome" and that not much is known about it, except it seems most prevalent in certain hunting dogs.

She also will sometimes randomly shriek if touched in the low back area, but other times is fine.

Help!
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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I've not heard of it and I appreciate learning something new daily.

Here's a link I found on it Cold Tail, Dead Tail, Limber Tail
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:19 AM
 
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Great link, thank you Cleosmom!
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:39 AM
 
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I have a 10 year old dalmation who is prone to cold tail especially when she's got herself over excited. It takes a good few days to sort itself out and she really does feel sorry for herself.
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:23 PM
 
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My dog Marley, just experienced cold tail syndrome this past weekend. We took her to the river to introduce her to swimming, the water was pretty cold. I thought she had broken her tail or had been stung by a bee - turns out it was cold tail syndrome. I give her a baby aspirin to help with the pain, but from what I read it takes about a week to heal.

From what I have read on it, it doesn't really sound like what you have described. Maybe she has a pinched nerve?
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:14 PM
 
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My dog Marley, just experienced cold tail syndrome this past weekend. We took her to the river to introduce her to swimming, the water was pretty cold. I thought she had broken her tail or had been stung by a bee - turns out it was cold tail syndrome. I give her a baby aspirin to help with the pain, but from what I read it takes about a week to heal.

From what I have read on it, it doesn't really sound like what you have described. Maybe she has a pinched nerve?
Do they have doggie chiropractors?
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Old 07-19-2008, 05:32 PM
 
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I live in Portland, OR right now and I believe they do have them here, for sure we have accupunture for pets. You may want to google for them in your area.
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Old 07-27-2008, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Tulsa, OK.
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Default Cold tail

A doggie chiropractor would not be any help for cold tail. The muscles of the tail run thru a sheath. When they swell, there is no room for the expansion because of the sheath. It takes a few days for the swelling to go down. Over exertion(too much tail wagging/use) will also cause the same symptoms.
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Old 01-16-2015, 01:22 AM
 
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A doggie chiropractor would not be any help for cold tail. The muscles of the tail run thru a sheath. When they swell, there is no room for the expansion because of the sheath. It takes a few days for the swelling to go down. Over exertion(too much tail wagging/use) will also cause the same symptoms.
When I had the equivalent of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in my elbow, I found a way to relieve the pain, and since it too was due to overuse & resultant swelling, I wonder if it might help dogs with cold tail . . .

I applied either Coconut Oil -or- DMSO in a Cream to my arm, around my elbow . . . and learned which positions to rest my arm in, and . . . the pain always abated within a very few minutes for me.

Coconut oil, DMSO, MSM, and High Omega-3 oils are EACH natural anti-inflammatories.

All but the DMSO can be added to their food.
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