Broken tail (freak out)

  1. [font="book antiqua"]i am so upset, i can barely think. i got back from a very nice vacation last night, and was to pick up my dog at the kennel this afternoon. he's always been ok there, and as usual, there was a skeleton crew there for sunday afternoon. my labrador's tail is broken. they apparently called my dad and told him, but he didn't want to tell me until i got home so that i'd not be worried during the last half of my vacation. i appreciate the idea, but it was a horrible shock. they did take him to my vet, and i'll get all the gory details tomorrow when i call them from work tomorrow. the kennel receptionist wasn't sure what the entire story was - but asked that i call the owner tomorrow during the day to find out. needless to say, i paid for nothing, and i will not pay for anything, but could something like this happen? he's got some good doggie pharmaceuticals, and he's sacked out on his bed...but...but his freaking tail is broken!! yet another example of why i could not work in veterinary medicine!
  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   babynurselsa
    AAAWWWW poor puppy.
    Well I would at least take some little bit of comfort in the fact that they were up front about it. They notified your dad and took him to the vet. I am very impressed that the did all of the appropriate things at least.

    I accidentally shut one of the cat's tail in the door one time and broke it. I was trying to keep her in and she was trying to dart out. Don't know if this is what happened to your poor baby or not. Sometimes accident happen.
  4. by   Super_RN
    Poor baby! I have two labs (the female is the pic you see) and I can tell you...those tails are dangerous weapons! Just be comforted that at least it's the tail and not a hip!! I hope your doggy feels better!!!
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    My stepmom's cat jumped at a loud noise, but he jumped backwards into the wall and somehow snapped his tail against the wall.

    It could most definately be an accident, but keep investigating, follow the vet's orders, and keep scratching the dog belly.
  6. by   prmenrs
    I have heard of dogs that were such vigorous "waggers" they would injure their own tails, causing such chronic wound and infection problems they wind up getting their tails amputated!!!

    I'm sure what happened wasn't intentional. I board my cats @ the vets when we are out of town. I usually ask them to make sure their shots are up-to-date, and if they need a physical, cool, do it then.

    They are there right now because we were in Hawaii till Fri late. So, I'll pick them up tomorrow. One of them has been getting sick. Never caught s/he in the act, just saw the evidence. Since they're in separate cages @ the vets, the culprit has been identified, and the vet was getting some tests. I'll find out tomorrow what the problem is. Hopefully, it'll just be a diet issue, and I can just feed Jenna separately. (Jenna once ate a strofoam peanut. Bad. Bad!)
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Hey, welcome home from Hawaii and boy am I jealous! It is 30 degrees here and I'm freezing!

    My dog . . . well, lets just say he isn't adverse to getting himself into scrapes where he gets boo boos. Plus, his habit of getting out of the yard and moseying down the street taking his time has gotten him hit by cars twice. I'm surprised he is still alive.

  8. by   nursemary9

    I'm so sorry about your Puppy!! POOR THING!!!(((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))

    Let us know if you find out what happened!!

    I feel badly for you and Pup!!

    Mary Ann
  9. by   Jessy_RN
    That is terrible. I am trying to imagine what could have caused it. Maybe his tail got caught between the door and someone shut it.

    A big hug to you and the pooch. Let us know what they said.
  10. by   canoehead
    Poor little guy. I bet he was glad to see you and come home to some TLC.
  11. by   palesarah
    Aw, your poor pumkin. I'm sure it was an accident. I never realized how often dogs do break their tails until it happened to my brother. He & his wife love their dog, they got her as a puppy from a relative before they had their children, put her in doggy daycare just so she could socialize and have some fun- they're good dog people. She's a good sized dog, can't remember the breed, but she had a tail like a whip. The tip got caught in a door and the end had to be amputated. Then she continued to wag her casted/bandaged half tail so hard that she broke it again, and they had to amputate the rest! Then the poor thing had to wear one of those plastic cones around her head because she kept biting off her bandages.

    Not a smart dog but sweet as can be, and now that she's all healed up, I don't think she even knows that her tail is gone. Because she wags that little nubbin just as furiously as ever!

    Happy healing to your dog, and some (((HUGS))) to you. Keep us updated!
  12. by   Tweety
    Caesar has a lump where he broke his tail as puppy.

    I'm sorry this happened. Probably just a freak accident.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am so sorry. How is the pup today?
  14. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    I am so sorry. How is the pup today?
    Same thoughts here.

    ...I'm waiting to find out the tail tale.

    (There's so many things that could have happened, either from the dog itself, or by an accident from the staff.)