Tail injuries are relatively common in dogs and cats. Tails can be bitten, caught in doors, stepped on, or even broken. Injured tails tend to droop or sag, and are generally quite painful. The dog or cat often walks very gingerly in the hindquarters.
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The bones in the tail are a line of progressively smaller vertebrae that are a continuation of the spine and run from the pelvis to the tail tip. Muscles and nerves run along the length of the tail, controlling sensation and movement. Important nerves near the base of the tail also contribute to control of bowel movements.
Bite wounds on the tail are usually treated by clipping away the hair and cleaning the injury, with antibiotics prescribed to control the infection that frequently accompanies a bite. Cuts are usually treated in a similar manner, except that they often need to be sutured closed rather than left open. Severe injury, fracture, or dislocation of the tail often requiresRead More »from Treating Tail Injuries in Dogs and Cats