Preventing 'swimmers tail' in dogs

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  1. AgilityKrazii

    AgilityKrazii Addicted to Agility

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    About a week and a half ago I took my lab swimming and I started his dock diving training, he did awesome and had a blast, fetching his toy in the water and jumping off the low dock, well after we went back home I noticed he had gotten what some people call 'swimmers tail' also known as cold or limp tail. It took a week for it to be totally back to normal, it has happened before but was better in 2 days.

    He loves to swim and now I'm worried whenever I take him dock diving or swimming that this will happen to his poor tail, is there anyway I can prevent this, like ways to strenghten his tail?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. OutlineACDs

    OutlineACDs Crazy Dog!

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    My advice is to keep him from overdoing it. Also, make sure he isn't swimming in cold water and getting too hot. I think the temperature change from cold to hot makes swimmers tail worse. If it's been awhile since my girls swam and I think they have overdone it, I will give them a dose os aspirin or rimadyl shortly after swimming.
     
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    Aww, I hate swimmers tail! The poor dogs look so pittiful!

    I agree, I think it's the cold water that makes it worse. I had a lab get it once, though, and he had not been swimming AND it wasn't particularly cold out. So I don't know if there's really a way to prevent it. Rimadyl did the trick for that dog, though, he was back to normal in about 12 hours.
     
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    Swimmers tail. Thats interesting. I have never heard of that. Is it real common?
     
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    Not common as in every Lab gets it, but it does happen often.

    Cold Tail, Dead Tail, Limber Tail
     
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    yes i do agree on that
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    Amazing. I have never seen such a thing and i have been around labs and pointers all my life.
     
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    I'm glad I'm not the only one who hasn't heard of it.
     
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    Kristy_Spca3 New Member

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    I never knew that existed either... I'd be pretty freaked out if that happened to my dog without reading this first!
     
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    Yea, you're not kidding!
     
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    Oh yeah, we thought the dog had broken his tail. It's pretty pittiful-looking. :(
     
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    Add me to the list of not knowing about this! I am glad I came across this just in case- with a retriever who's always in the water I will be on the lookout!
     
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    OutlineACDs Crazy Dog!

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    Well, all breeds can get it and not all labs will get it. My two ACD's are the only dogs I have ever seen with it. It is more common in dogs who swim, especially in cold water. So of course, that would qualify labs. :)

    The first time my dog got it, I bathed her in cold water, but I blow dried her completely after the bath, I was freaked out the next day when she woke up with swimmer's tail.
     

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