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August 2017

DamianDamian

Damian is a young, very active husky. One day after a long day of playing, Damian became very painful in his back end. On examination Damian was extremely painful on manipulation of his tail. He also was very uncomfortable to sit and have his tail base touched. No fractures or dislocations were palpated. It was quickly determined that Damian suffered from acute caudal myopathy, also known as Swimmer’s Tail or Limber Tail. This is a fairly common, very painful condition in which dogs sprain the muscles and ligaments that support and move the tail. Damian is a very active happy dog and likely over taxed his tail muscles wagging exuberantly. The larger sporting breeds such as Labrador Retrievers and pointers seem to be more prone especially if swimming long periods in cooler water, but any dog can develop the condition. The good news is with pain and anti-inflammatory medication and restricted activity the condition resolves within a few weeks. Damian was prescribed medication and was back to normal, vigorously wagging his tail within 10 days

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