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Old 12-13-2006, 09:23 PM
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Well, today I was quickly going in and out of my bedroom door (not a heavy outside door, thank goodness), when I couldn't shut it because Dolly's tail was in the hinged area! She screamed and so did I (which just made things worse, of course). Well, I got on the ground and reached for her, but she thought she was in trouble and just kept crying. I was so afraid I had broken her tail. When I finally got her calmed down (believe me, I was crying too), she wriggled in my lap and took some cheese and started licking me all over.

I watched her walk, and she held her tail normally, and she is still wagging it all day. Her crying stopped pretty quickly (they are so pitiful!...I feel so guilty, as I should), and she seems totally normal.

BUT, I know that I had to have at least bruised it. She is due for shots this month...do I just wait to let the vet see it? If it IS broken, what can they do anyway? Do I need to look for signs of internal infection? I'm very worried, but it helps that she is acting JUST fine. She has never let us touch her tail much, so I can't tell by touching it, but I know it has got to hurt.

Has this happened to anyone else? I could kick myself.
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Old 12-13-2006, 09:30 PM
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Awwwwwww ((((((((dolly'sgrandma))))))))) you shouldn't feel guilty. You didn't do it on purpose. Those things happen. I hate it when they do. I haven't had that happen but I have stepped on the boys feet a time or two. Like you I let out a whoop and that made it worse. I was sure I had broken their little paws but they were O.K. Unless she's showing discomfort I wouldn't think you would need to call the vet right away. Just watch her and if she starts acting funny in any way, then call. Of course, I'm no expert. I do know that dogs have survived much worse at their owners hands through the years out of sheer niavete. People didn't used to pamper these babies like we do now and they did just fine.
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Old 12-13-2006, 09:36 PM
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Actually this happened to me with My 2 year old Pedro several days ago. He was sitting behind me and I didn't know it. I was in the desk chair (with rollers on the legs) and moved back and rolled over his tail! He screamed and made me think I did major damage to him. Of course, a few minutes later he was alright. Boy, can they scream!!! His tail seems to be alright, but you would have thought he was dying when it happened!!!
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Old 12-13-2006, 10:21 PM
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I haven't actually done this yet...Sometimes when I shut doors without looking though, I think about 'what if one of the dogs was there!'. They do have pretty awful screams. Definitely makes me want to cry when I hear it! I think if she's acting okay, then I wouldn't worry about it. It may have just pinched it or something...maybe?? I think I would just keep an eye on it. Depending on your vet you may even just call them to see what they say. I know my vet's office is pretty honest with me & doesn't have me bring my dogs in unless they really think its necessary. Might help to put your mind at ease if nothing else. Give her lots of hugs for us!
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Old 12-13-2006, 10:44 PM
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Oh poor both of you!

I would suggest just keeping an eye on her tail and watch for any swelling or discoloration. If there IS either, you will want to have your vet check it.
There really isn't much they will do for broken tails unfortunatly. You either live with it crooked if it heals properly, or you have it amputated if it gets gangrenous.
If her tail isn't crooked, it will probably be fine, just might be a little brused and tender for a while.

I hope you both heal quickly!
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Aw, you guys made me feel better. Dolly looked at me SO reproachfully when it happened (and no wonder), but that's why I grabbed the cheese...it fixes a lot!

Well, I did wonder how I would notice discoloration under her fur...but I bet it is bruised. She is acting completely normal, so I'll just wait for now and have my vet check it out at shots time. I might call if it seems to hurt her and see about giving her baby aspirin. Poor little thing.

It's so true...they are our babies. I felt the same way about this as when I was carrying my newborn daughter and cooing to her and ran right into the door. Ouch.

Thanks for making me feel better.
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Old 12-14-2006, 02:55 PM
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Oooh, don't fret - it sounds like she is ok? These teensy dogs are still big toughies! But don't blame yourself. oreo fell off my lap the other day and i nearly jumped out of my skin!
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Don't be too hard on yourself. Accidents do happen. I've stepped on my big dog's foot and my cats' tail and paw before. She sounds fine. Just keep a close eye on her.
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