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Chow's Tail (help)

Postby ToniAnn » Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:24 pm

Hi, Just recently joined this site in hopes of getting some help with my eleven year old chow. His name is FozzyBear and he's the light of my life. He's in good health for his age but recently he's been walking around with his tail down, well not down, but flat, uncurled. I've never seen him do this before and it makes me worry that something is wrong. His behavior is the same, his eating habits are the same. It's just the tail and he doesn't do it in response to anything particular, he just walks around with it down sometimes. Has anyone else seen this in their Chows? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Chow's Tail (help)

Postby CoraP. » Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:41 pm

I had a chowmix named Bear who lost the curl in his tail as he got older. I always guessed it was due to age and the muscles not being able to hold the tail up like when he was younger. He also started to have trouble using his back legs as he aged, and I felt it might have been connected somehow.
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Re: Chow's Tail (help)

Postby AngelsMom » Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:47 pm

Hi ToniAnn!

My Chow, who is 12, does that, too! I agree with CoraP that it has something to do with the back legs losing their strength. I've noticed Angel having a difficult time standing up every so often.
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Re: Chow's Tail (help)

Postby summer_rose03 » Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:58 pm

Frisco did that once and my mom freaked out and rushed him to the vet thinking his tail was broke or something. $100+ emergency vet bill later, we found out nothing was wrong and it was back to normal the next day.

I have seen Carter's tail down once and it was only for a short time.
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Re: Chow's Tail (help)

Postby Trooper » Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:04 pm

Someone else on the site - had similar experiences - was advised to check the *Censored Word* sacs - could be causing discomfort - a vet would need to 'express' them if you were unable or needed to learn how. Just a thought.
I once had Trooper do this but he was found to be in a 'low mood' and it soon passed and has not happened again. He is now 13 months old. Good luck.

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Re: Chow's Tail (help)

Postby Loha'sDad » Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:38 pm

Trooper wrote:I once had Trooper do this but he was found to be in a 'low mood' and it soon passed and has not happened again.


Hmmmmm... low tail equals low mood. So, tail position is a DIRECT indicator of mood? Makes sense. Tie his tail up on top of his back and see if that elevates his mood! :lol:

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Re: Chow's Tail (help)

Postby Sirchow » Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:00 am

Brambles tail goes down if she is in pain or on heat. Obviously not the second but it might be worth checking those "getting older" joints with the vet.
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Re: Chow's Tail (help)

Postby panshay » Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:28 am

hi, my chow mix let her tail hang down also one time. it was very unusual for her. i went to the vets and he diagnosed a strain in her back muscles. rimadyl (pain relief meds) for a few days did the trick.
i guess yr dog might have a problem with the back or hips get him checked asap.

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Re: Chow's Tail (help)

Postby Coco Chow » Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:37 pm

Coco wears her tail down only when she feels bad: she's affraid of something (big lady trying to touch her head) or when her tail is itchy and she tries to bite it, but it's always for a very short period of time. I guess a visit to the vet is in order for FozzyBear.

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